It's your right to vote, we're here to help support you. Here you'll find resources and information to navigate any questions you may have. Whether you need help registering, looking to be more educated on the issues, or assuring you are 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 Lane Perry 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 out country. Here are a few useful resources:
Be an Informed Voter, from Hunter Library https://researchguides.wcu.edu/2020elections/
Voting By Mail Educational Videos:
No matter the results up and down the ballot, there are going to be fellow Catamount citizens 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. Here are some post-election specific resources to help manage this process.
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 the Student Democracy Coalition sponsers voter registration drives all across campus! Check back later for dates and locations.
The address for the Jackson County Board of Elections is:
Go to the DMV - The helpful employees at the DMV can fill out a Voter Registration card for you and print it in person. Find your local branch.
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:
Not sure what address to enter on your voter registration form? Click the following PDF to find the 911 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 2020, 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.
Voting Day Polling Place:
Cullowhee Recreation Center
88 Cullowhee Mountain Rd
Cullowhee, NC 28723
As of November 26, 2019, WCU student IDs meet the NC State Board of Elections voter
On that date, the State Board of Elections approved the CatCard for voting in the state of North Carolina under N.C.G.S. § 163-166.16(a) for the primaries and general election to be held in 2020. Western Carolina University has made several changes to the CatCard to meet the specified criteria, including adding an expiration date to new cards to be used as voter IDs.
On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, the federal district court issued an order and preliminary injunction of the photo ID requirement added by Session Law 2018-144 (SB824). As such, the North Carolina State Board of Elections has requested that the following information be shared with students:
“Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the 2020 primary election. In a December 31 order, a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court. For more information visit the State Board of Elections website: www.ncsbe.gov.”
We will update the CatCard website and share more information as it becomes available. Campus Services and the CatCard Office remain committed to providing a voter ID compliant CatCard should it be required in future elections.
* 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: