Welcome to the third newsletter in our PLU Get Out the Vote email series. (One/Two)


It almost seems hard to believe that after all of the build-up, today is Election Day. We know that throughout our community, Lutes are experiencing a wide spectrum of emotions today, including excitement, anxiety, hope, and fear. This evening there will be opportunities to process tonight’s results with each other, and there will be additional opportunities in the days ahead—all detailed below.


Three quick notes about getting your ballot in: 

  • First, if you’ve yet to submit your ballot, the closest official drop box to campus is outside the Parkland/Spanaway Library (13718 Pacific Ave South). 
  • If you’ve yet to register or your ballot didn’t come in the mail, it’s not too late to make the five-minute drive over to the Pierce County Election Center to register and vote in person before 8:00 p.m. 
  • For Lutes that live in Pierce County, Lute Vote will be in Red Square and in front of the ASPLU office from 1-7:45 p.m. on Election Day to collect final ballots and drive them over to the official drop box. Questions about voting? Lute Vote is here to help answer any questions they may have about our mail-in ballot process—whether you’re voting in-state or out-of-state!

As with Halloween, Lutes should be mindful of mitigating risks for COVID-19 during the election. Reminder: socially gather with no more than five people from outside your household per week, including on holidays.




Day-of support

  • 9 a.m.–8 p.m. // 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. Anyone interested in making a teletherapy appointment can contact the clinic at cftc@plu.edu or 253-535-8782.
  • 1 p.m.–7:45 p.m. // Lute Vote will be stationed outside of the ASPLU office (AUC 135), and they can also help answer any of your voter-related questions!
  • Virtual dCenter is open! Here are two drop-in times for Election Day:
  • 7 p.m.–8 p.m. // RHA will host Election Affection on the Student Engagement Discord. (Here is a brief Discord tutorial. Questions? Please email engage@plu.edu.) Election Affection is a safe environment for students to discuss and reflect on the results of the election. Campus Life leaders, including RHA, ASPLU and Engage Ambassadors will be available post the event from 8:00–11:00 p.m. on Discord to encourage thoughtful dialogue.
  • 8 p.m.–10 p.m. // ASPLU will be in-person on Red Square to encourage thoughtful, physically distanced dialogue. 
  • All day // The PLU Counseling Center has same-day appointments available. If the election season has you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, excited, powerless, down, fearful, depressed, powerful, unsure how to talk to people about what matters to you without jeopardizing your relationships, or any or all of the above—you are not alone. There are things you can do on Election Day 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:
  • 24/7/365 // It’s normal to experience many different emotions during this pivotal time in our nation's history. It's okay to ask for help! There’s no better time than now to take care of your mental health and well-being. Lute Telehealth’s TalkNow service is available 24/7/365 at no cost to give you the tools to address any symptoms or situation.

Tomorrow and beyond




The Division of Social Sciences hosted a series of Election 2020 lectures, panels, and student events—ten have been recorded and made public! PLU faculty are committed to supporting student learning via civic engagement and by facilitating discussion of the critical issues facing the electorate.



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


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

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