BU Votes

Massachusetts Primary Voter Information

The Massachusetts Presidential Primary is on Tuesday March 3, 2020.

If you live in…
Rich Hall, Sleeper Hall, Claflin Hall, Stuvi 1, Stuvi 2, Warren Towers, or Central Campus White Stones
Vote at: the Engineering Building, 24 Cummington Mall, Conference Room 103

If you live in…
Myles Standish, Bay State Road, Kilachand, or Towers
Vote at: Kilachand Hall, 91 Bay State Road, Room 101


The purpose of BU Votes is to facilitate non-partisan voter registration events across the BU Campus beginning in 2020, with the larger purpose of fostering a culture of civic participation in the BU community. We feel that voting is a basic citizen right and responsibility. If students establish the practice of voting in college, we hope that it will set the pattern of a lifetime of voter participation and other civic involvement in their communities.

In the 2016 presidential election, only 46% of eligible voters aged 18-29 cast their ballot while nearly 71% of eligible voters 65 and over participated. Elected officials respond to those who vote. When older people vote on a consistent basis, elected officials pay attention to their issues. We would like to see the young adult population vote in comparable numbers so that their issues will get similar attention.

BU Votes encourages all BU community members to sign up with bu.turbovote.org.You can begin the registration process through them, including ordering an absentee ballot. If you have a driver’s license on file in the state you want to register in, you can complete the whole registration process online. If your signature is not on file with your state, you must print your application form, sign it, and send it to your municipality.

College students have the right to vote at their college residence or to vote at their permanent home. In both cases, they must first register to vote.

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Voter Registration Drives

To add your drive to this list, please email katcorn@bu.edu.

College of General Studies/College of Fine Arts

Drive at 871 Commonwealth Avenue.

Tuesday, January 28,
10am – 4pmWednesday, January 29, 10am – 4pm
George Sherman Union

All drives in the GSU Link (first floor.)

Wednesday, January 22,
11am – 1pmThursday, January 23,
11am – 1pmWednesday, January 29,
11am -1pmThursday, January 30,
11am – 1pm
Kilachand Honors College

91 Bay State Road lobby

Thursday, January 30,
12-5pm
College of Arts and Sciences

CAS Think Tank lounge

Thursday, January 30,
10am – 5pm
Sargent College

Drives on the first floor of Sargent College.

Thursday, January 23,
9-11am

Monday, January 27,
2-4pm

Questrom Student Government

All drives in the first floor Questrom lobby.

Wednesday, January 29,
10 am – 2 pm
Thursday, January 30,
10 am – 2 pm
Monday, February 3,
10 am – 2 pm
Tuesday, February 4,
10 am – 2 pm
School of Social Work

Drive at BUSSW Student Lounge (1st floor)

Wednesday, February 5,
12 pm – 2 pm & 4 pm – 6 pm
Thursday, February 6,
12 pm – 2 pm & 4 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday, March 25,
12 pm – 2 pm
Thursday, March 26,
4 pm – 6 pm
Monday, April 13,
4 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday, April 14,
12 pm – 2 pm
Residence Halls
Locations listed with drive date & time.
January 27, 1 pm- 4 pm @
1019 Commonwealth AveJanuary 27, 11 am – 1 pm &
5 pm – 7 pm @ Warren TowersJanuary 28, 1 pm – 4 pm @
1019 Commonwealth AveJanuary 28, 4 pm – 7 pm @
Warren TowersJanuary 29, 1 pm – 4 pm @
1019 Commonwealth AveJanuary 30, 1 pm – 4 pm @
1019 Commonwealth AveJanuary 31, 1 pm – 4 pm @
1019 Commonwealth Ave
STEP UP
Graduate Science Policy Group
February 4, 11 am – 1 pm @
Medical CampusFebruary 6, 11 am – 1 pm @ GSU
OPhiA Alpha Mu
at GSU Link
February 19th, 11 am – 4 pm
February 20th, 11 am – 4 pm

Other Civic Education Events

WBUR’s Get Educated: The Defining Issues of the 2020 Presidential Election: Healthcare

Reporter and host Deborah Becker moderates the first conversation of eight on healthcare, focusing on the fissures within the democratic party and specifically looking at the differences between Medicare For All and the public option.

Wednesday, January 29, 7pm, WBUR CitySpace (890 Commonwealth Avenue)

WBUR’s Get Educated: The Defining Issues of the 2020 Presidential Election: Climate

Senior reporter Bruce Gellerman will moderate a conversation on climate change and how the urgency of this issue could finally take hold with real policy initiatives in a future presidential administration.

Tuesday, February 4, 7pm, WBUR CitySpace (890 Commonwealth Avenue)

The Nomination Season: a Boston University Student-Faculty Forum 

Join a panel of faculty experts on elections and campaigns to hear their insights and join in informed discussion after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

Wednesday, Feburary 12, 6:30 pm – 8 pm @ Howard Thurman Center, 808 Commonwealth Ave

BU Votes Lecture Series: “My Vote, My Voice? How Democracy Works in the U.S. and Elsewhere”

Speakers: Dr. Shawn Lynch and Dr. Daniela Melo from the College of General Studies

Monday, Feburary 3, 6pm, CGS 527

Resources

TurboVote – Boston University has an official partnership with TurboVote. TurboVote is a non-partisan voter information service that helps you register to vote, change your address or sign up for reminders of deadlines and elections. 

Ballot Ready – Ballot Ready is another service that helps voters learn more about upcoming elections and their current elected officials.

Voter Registration Guide 2020