Welcome to the second newsletter in our PLU Get-Out-The-Vote email series. (Click here for the first.)


Election Day is 12 days from today! Ballots have arrived in the mail in Pierce, King and neighboring counties; 29 million people across the country have already cast their votes; and election-related community discussions, media coverage, and advertisements have officially  become inescapable. We encourage you to engage with this moment as an historic event unfolding in real time. We also remind you that along with an election with such enormous ramifications comes anxiety and stress, so we urge you to take care of yourself as needed throughout these final 12 days. 


Three quick reminders about turning in your ballots. First, the closest official drop box to campus is outside the Parkland/Spanaway Library (13718 Pacific Ave South). Second, Washington State ballots don’t require a stamp to be mailed. And third, you can still register to vote in this election via the Pierce County Elections Center. Online registration is open through October 26, and in-person registration is available at the county elections center (just a five minute drive from campus) through Election Day (November 3). 


Questions about voting? Lute Vote is here to help!



  • 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 or via the mail! 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!


If election season has you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, excited, powerless, down, fearful, depressed, powerful, wondering how to talk to people about what matters to you without losing your relationships, or any or all of the above—you are not alone. There are things you can do before, during, and after the election to care for your mental health and to reduce election stress. The Counseling Center has put together a rundown of resources, including these three videos:


In-person/online support for students

  • The Couple and Family Therapy Center, operated by the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, is a free therapy resource for any currently enrolled student. About 30 student therapists staff the center Monday through Friday (Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.). Anyone interested in making a teletherapy appointment can contact the clinic at or 253-535-8782. In-person appointments are not available at this time. 
  • To set up an appointment with a PLU Counseling Center counselor, please contact our Clinic Coordinator at 253-535-7206 or Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be able to share with you options for counseling and additional services, currently in development, including: workshops, online webinars, group meetings.


After hours support for students

  • 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. 
  • Urgent mental health support after-hours (including weekends and holidays), contact the Counseling Center Crisis Line at 253-535-7075.
  • Urgent medical advice after business hours, contact the MultiCare Consulting Nurse Line at 253-792-6410.



Teaching resources 

The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan organization that assists administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders to engage students in federal, state, and local elections. CEEP has released several faculty resources, including Talking about Elections in Your Classrooms and Incorporating Election Resources into Your Courses. 


Political scientists Elizabeth Bennion and Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan offer their recommendations on how to support student civic engagement and literacy during the pandemic in this American Political Science Association (APSA) column. Other teaching resources and guides are available on the APSA’s RAISE the Vote website. 


Student Care Network resources

Please do not hesitate to reach out for support in assisting your students. We strongly urge faculty and staff to utilize the Student Care Network reporting form regarding students for whom you have concerns. The SCN is a multi-disciplinary team working to proactively connect with students and campus partners for a successful academic, social, and emotional experience at PLU.


Well-being resources

Faculty and staff who need additional wellness support can find initial support and referral assistance via PLU’s Employee Assistance Program: First Choice Health. The EAP can help with a variety of issues both professional and personal—from dealing with stress during the election season to elder care and emotional well-being. EAP is a confidential resource and will provide guidance, assessment, and referral at no cost to you!


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. 


State of Washington Lt. Governor Debate

Leading up to the Lt. Governor’s debate, Michael Artime (Department of Political Science) will moderate a discussion with guest commentators on the debate, the state of local media, and the landscape of state and local politics in Washington. Speakers include Amy Young (Department of Communication), and alumnus Riley Dolan ‘19 as the Statewide Student Engagement Coordinator with the Washington Student Association, on Thursday, October 22, from 6 to 7 p.m.


In partnership with the Washington State Debate Coalition, Justin Eckstein (Department of Communication) and Dr. Artime will be live-tweeting the Lt. Governor Debate with candidates Marko Liias (D) and Denny Heck (D) from 8 to 9 p.m.


For more information about the events above, click here. For more on the debate, visit the Real Race for WA (COMA 215) website.



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