With November 3 a few short weeks away, we find ourselves in the midst of a highly unusual and tremendously historic election season. We will send a series of three voter-related emails on voter registration and teach-ins, dialogue and care resources, and Election Day reminders and post-election offerings.


We hope that every Lute will take this opportunity to lean into the moment. Even though we can’t physically gather in groups, the next few weeks are full of PLU events focused on different facets of this election. Communities will vote for a wide range of elected offices, including President of the United States, Governor of Washington, Congressional representatives, state legislators and many others. For those already registered to vote in Washington, ballots will be arriving in the mail shortly! Online registration is open until October 26 and in person at the Pierce County Elections office, right up through Election Day.

It’s an historic time—so let’s lean into this election season together, Lutes.




OCT. 16

Start of the 18-day voting sprint. Voting ends at 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

OCT. 26

Last day to register to vote! Online and mail registrations must be completed by this date. Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

NOV. 3

Election Day! Deadline for Washington State voter registration or updates (in person only). Register to vote in person any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Let’s get out the vote, Lutes!


Ballot drop-off: Lute Vote will be stationed outside of the ASPLU office (AUC 135), so community members can bring by their Washington ballots, and we will turn them in for them at the Parkland-Spanaway Library drop-off box. Lute Vote can also help answer any questions they may have about our mail-in ballot process—in-state or out-of-state!

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: 1–4 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30: 2:30–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1: 11–1 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 2: 4–7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Election Day): 1–8 p.m.




The Division of Social Sciences is hosting a series of Election 2020 lectures, panels and student events during October. Division faculty are committed to supporting student learning via civic engagement and by facilitating discussion of the critical issues facing the electorate. The series includes virtual and recorded events, and is open to the public. 


How Elections are Run and Won: A Behind-the-Scenes Alumni Panel

A panel of PLU alumni who collectively have managed and advised dozens of winning political campaigns in Washington State will share from their experience how campaigns are run on the local, regional, and statewide levels on Thursday, October 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Alumni & Student Connections. Register here. 


State of Washington Lt. Governor Debate

In partnership with the Washington State Debate Coalition, Justin Eckstein (Department of Communication) and Michael Artime (Department of Political Science) will host a viewing party of the Lt. Governor Debate with candidates Marko Liias (D) and Denny Heck (D) on Thursday, October 22, from 8 to 9 p.m.



These featured academic programs give students essential tools, interdisciplinary resources, and language for examining how societies are organized and structured, and how civic engagement plays a role.


These featured centers at PLU support student learning and engagement in conversations regarding diversity, inclusion, and social justice. 

In next week’s voter newsletter, we will offer resources for dialogue and care including three new videos from the Counseling Center on: 

  • Self-Care During Uncertain Times (with a focus on preparing for the election)
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
  • Coping when Triggered (focusing on the period post-election)


In addition to these Counseling Center resources, remember that LuteTelehealth (PLU’s 24/7/365 medical and mental healthcare phone-and-video-based telehealth service) is also available for ongoing support for students and care coordination. 


For PLU faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program is available and ready to support you.

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