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Holloway advises Rutgers students on upcoming elections

New Jersey is primarily using mail-in ballots this year and implemented online voter registration services.  – Photo by Wikimedia

University President Jonathan Holloway sent a University-wide email yesterday to share information about the upcoming elections.

Holloway said the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic changed the usual voter registration and election day processes, which he said could affect voter turnout among college students, despite increased turnout in 2018, according to the email.

“College students are learning remotely and may be uncertain about how to participate in this election,” he said, according to the email. “Don’t lose your opportunity to make your power felt at the ballot box this year — register before your state deadline and find out how to cast your ballot. 

To learn more about the voting process, Holloway said students should visit RU Voting National, according to the email. The Daily Targum previously reported this website was created by the Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and has comprehensive information about voting in each state.

The Targum previously reported New Jersey will primarily use mail-in ballots this year. Officials also implemented online voter registration and ballot tracking to ensure each vote is counted. 

Holloway said it is important for students to check their voter registration status and ensure the correct address is listed, according to the email.

Students who need to register or change their information must do so by Oct. 13, and all mail-in ballots must be submitted by Election Day on Nov. 3. He also shared a video from the CYPP on how to properly fill out a mail-in ballot. 

“Elections matter and our vote matters,” Holloway said, according to the email. “Our vote determines who serves in office and makes the decisions that affect our lives. Make your voice heard and make a plan to vote today.”

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