It's your right to vote, and we're here to help support you! On this page, you'll find resources and information to answer any questions you may have-- whether you need help registering, are looking to be more educated on the issues, or want to assure that you're able to cast your ballot!
You can also learn how to get invovled on campus with the Student Democracy Coalition, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement on our campus.
Questions? Email email@example.com, call us at 828.227.7184, or come by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning in Belk 273.
It's important to know the facts behind candidates and how the voting process works in our country.
Voting by mail educational videos:
Sometimes the process of voting and registering to vote can be confusing. Here are a few helpful tips when registering to vote at WCU:
Register at a voter registration drive - each fall and spring the Student Democracy Coalition sponsors voter registration drives all across campus! Check back later for dates and locations.
Once you have completed, signed, and dated your paper voter registration application, you have a few options. You can mail the application into the county Board of Elections, you can take it to the Board of Elections in person, or you can come by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning in Belk 273 and we will be happy to turn it in for you.
876 Skyland Drive Suite 1
Sylva, NC 28779
Additional tips and resources:
Living on campus & not sure what address to enter on your voter registration form? Check out this link to find the 911 (physical) address for your residence hall or apartment:
If you live off campus: For your residential address you will put your current off-campus address. Your mailing address is wherever you receive your mail.
The Civic Engagement Action Plan 2022, drafted in collaboration with the Student Democracy Coalition (SDC), the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) at Western Carolina University (WCU), and the Advisory Committee for Student Civic Engagement on campus, is built on nearly a decade of high-level, sustained, student-led and institutionally-supported civic engagement efforts, and over 125 years of community engagement in and across the western region of North Carolina.
The Student Democracy Coalition is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement on our campus. We are focused on voting rights and educating our student body on political topics and issues.
One Stop Early Voting
An early voting location will be open in the UC Multipurpose Room between Thursday, October 20 and Saturday, November 5
If you are NOT registered to vote and you live in Jackson County (including WCU's residence halls), during the early voting period you can register and vote at the same time-- this is called same day voter registration. Please note that you cannot same day register on Election Day, so be sure to vote early or register ahead of time!
Election Day Polling Place for WCU:
Cullowhee Recreation Center
88 Cullowhee Mountain Rd
Cullowhee, NC 28723
While the ON-CAMPUS POLLING PLACE is open, the UC will be a NO CAMPAIGN ZONE.
As the University Center is home to an early voting site, it is important that all people who enter adhere to these rules and expectations:
No matter the results, there are going to be fellow Catamounts whose candidates do not win their races. It is imperative, that we – as the Catamount Community – practice civility, live our institutional values, and remember our Catamount Community Creed through our words, actions, and responses. It is essential that we all model the way for our community and exemplify what it means to be an engaged citizen into and through our democracy’s elections. Please utilize this dialogue guide to assist in post-election conversation, or reach out to the CCESL staff.