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Virtual Student Center

This guide features all the ways you can get involved with Student Development and Campus Life Online including live and pre-recorded online events, online clubs and more. Make your experience as a Berkeley Online student your own!

How to vote

 

CLICK ON THE ICON FOR YOUR STATE

FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO VOTE!

 

                    

 

 

Register to vote and then, VOTE!

Don't know where to vote?  Click the image below to find locations near you!

 

 

Click Here for Voter Registration Deadlines

 

 

Your vote matters

What is your opinion on voting?
I feel it is important to make my voice heard: 10 votes (90.91%)
Voting doesn't really matter: 0 votes (0%)
I never really thought about it: 0 votes (0%)
If I was able to vote I would: 1 votes (9.09%)
Total Votes: 11



If you ever think that just one vote in a sea of millions cannot make much of a difference, consider some of the closest elections in U.S. history.

In 2000, Al Gore narrowly lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush. The election came down to a recount in Florida, where Bush had won the popular vote by such a small margin that it triggered an automatic recount and a Supreme Court case (Bush v. Gore).
In the end, Bush won Florida by 0.009 percent of the votes cast in the state, or 537 votes.
Had 600 more pro-Gore voters gone to the polls in Florida that November, there may have been an entirely different president from 2000–2008.

More recently, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 by securing a close Electoral College win. Although the election did not come down to a handful of votes in one state, Trump’s votes in the Electoral College decided a tight race. Clinton had won the national popular vote by nearly three million votes, but the concentration of Trump voters in key districts in “swing” states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan helped
seal enough electoral votes to win the presidency.

Your vote may not directly elect the president, but if your vote joins enough others in your voting district or county, your vote undoubtedly matters when it comes to electoral results. Most states have a “winner take all” system where the popular vote winner gets the state’s electoral votes. There are also local and state elections to consider. While presidential or other national elections usually get a significant voter turnout,
local elections are typically decided by a much smaller group of voters.

A Portland State University study found that fewer than 15 percent of eligible voters were turning out to vote for mayors, council members, and other local offices. Low turnout means that important local issues are determined by a limited group of voters,
making a single vote even more statistically meaningful.

Retrieved from National Geographic Resource Library : https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/why-voting-important/

Ballot Bowl

 

NJ Ballot Bowl

The NJ Ballot Bowl is a program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State's Jersey Civic Engage initiative and a joint effort with the ALL In Campus Democracy Challenge. It's a statewide non-partisan voter registration and engagement competition led by and for students. 

Berkeley College has won the NJ Ballot Bowl for the past three years! With your support, we are confident that we will win the NJ Ballot Bowl again!  

Please make your commitment by taking the pledge to vote and to help Berkeley College win the 2022 NJ Ballot Bowl! 

Studies show that you're more likely to complete an action if you commit to it publicly. That's why this pledge is a way for you to maintain accountability regarding voting. So not only does voting help your community, but pledging to vote helps your school, too.

Click Here or the following link https://allintovote.org/take-the-pledge/ to take the pledge to vote and find additional information about the General Election.

Don't Forget to Vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the General Election. Polls Are Open From 6:00a.m. - 8:00p.m. 

 

 

Election Information



Below is information on how to register to vote for the upcoming elections in New Jersey, New York, and other states this November. These links can also be found in the “Vote!” tab on the Virtual Student Center libguide located here:
 https://berkeleycollege.libguides.com/c.php?g=681697&p=7892209

New Jersey

Voter registration forms and information are located here: https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote.shtml

Please check the NJ Division of Elections website for updates on election dates and voter registration deadlines.

New York

Voter registration forms and information are located here: https://www.ny.gov/services/register-vote



Please check the NYS Board of Elections website for updates on election dates and voter registration deadlines.

New York City

Voter registration forms and information are located here: New York City: 
https://vote.nyc/

Please check the website for the Board of Elections in the City of New York for updates on election dates and voter registration deadlines.

Other States

If you are a legal resident of another state, please visit the National Elections Assistance Commission to locate your state's voter registration form:
 https://vote.gov/