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Sac State again promotes civic engagement with on-campus Vote Center and ballot drop box

A sign points the way toward Sacramento State's on-campus Vote Center during the November 2020 presidential election. For the Tuesday, Sept. 14 gubernatorial recall election, the University will again house a Vote Center. (Sacramento State/Andrea Price)

Sacramento State will host a Sacramento County Vote Center for the Tuesday, Sept. 14, California gubernatorial recall election, once again making it easy for students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public to do their civic duty.

The Vote Center in Modoc Hall will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, through Monday, Sept. 13, and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Election Day.

It’s a central location where voters can fill out a ballot, drop off their completed ballot, or request a replacement ballot if they lost or damaged the one that was mailed to them. They also can take advantage of conditional voter registration, which allows eligible individuals to register and vote on the same day.

“Civic engagement and voting are a part of Sacramento State’s anchor mission,” said Nathan Dietrich, associate vice president for Public Affairs and Advocacy. “We hope all students will register to vote and make their voices heard.”

The University’s Student Safety Ambassadors – believed to be the first program of its kind in the CSU – will be on hand to enforce campus COVID-19 safety protocols, including by handing out face coverings to those who need them, and encouraging physical distancing.

Sac State also offers a convenient vote-by-mail ballot drop box at the Welcome Center, near the J Street campus entrance. Voters can drop off their ballots between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Sept. 14.

To make voting more accessible and convenient and extend the number of voting days, the 2016 California Voter’s Choice Act created Vote Centers to replace traditional polling places.

Sac State made history during the 2018 midterm election by becoming the first California university with an on-campus, county-wide voting location.

Sacramento County’s Department of Voter Registration and Elections operates the Vote Center and ballot drop box.


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