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Voting for Faculty and Staff

WCU values civic engagement among faculty and staff as well as students. The university encourages all faculty and staff to be active participants in democracy. One of the simplest ways to be activly engaged in democracy is to use your voice and vote. 

If you are a resident of Jackson County, we encourage you to check or update your voter registration by utilizing the NC Voter Search Tool. Once you are registered you can early vote at the WCU on-campus polling place, early vote at a different Jackson County early voting location, vote by mail, or vote on election day at your designated precinct polling place.

If you are not a resident of Jackson County, we encourage you to register and vote in your home county. If you reside in North Carolina you can utilize the NC Board of Elections website to check your registration status and find polling locations in your county.

If you reside in a state other than North Carolina, please refer to your state Board of Elections website for information about registration and voting. 


  • If you are usure if you are registered or usure of the details of your registration, you can look up your registration using the NC Voter Search Tool..
  • You can register online through the DMV as long as you are a pre-existing DMV customer.
  • You can also fill out a paper voter registration form. This registration form should be mailed or taken to the board of elections for the county in which you are trying to register.
  • You may also stop by Belk 273 to pick up a paper registration form. CCESL staff can assist you in filling out the form and getting it to the Jackson County Board of Elections for you.
  • To help you complete your registration you can view an example registration form.
  • Educate yourself on the upcoming election, including what offices are up for election, who is running, and where and how you can vote.
  • You can also stay up to date on elections and other current events by utilizing your free New York Times subscription through WCU.
  • Participating in democracy can take shape in several different ways. One of the most important is showing up to vote. Making your voice heard is one of the best and easiest things you can do to participate in democracy.
  • You can also participate by integrating civic education material and activities into course content.

Classroom Resources

Below are resources if you are interested in incorporating civic engagement into your course materials.

University Policy 28

If you are interested in the rules and regulations around political activities and running for office as a WCU employee please closely review and adhere to University Policy 28.

Here are some quick Do's and Don'ts around University Policy 28


  • Familiarize yourself and adhere to University Policy 28.
  • If considering running for an elective public office, petition for approval from the appropriate university authorities to assess any conflicts with university responsibilities.
  • Request a leave of absence from university employment if running for or holding a public office.


  • Use university resources to support/oppose candidates.
  • Promise preferential treatment or threaten detrimental treatment to any individual to gain political support.
  • Don’t assume there is no conflict of interest with your university responsibilities when running for or holding a part-time public office without thorough assessment and approval.
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