The 2020 election is widely considered to be one of the most important and contentious in many years. And it may be a stressful time for students, faculty, and staff - and for people across the nation. We encourage the entire OWU community to vote and participate fully in the U.S. electoral process. On this website we provide information about voting and details about events and resources you may find helpful before, during, and after election day.

Voting dates and deadlines

The 2020 voter registration deadline is October 5, and the general election is November 3.

Step one is registering to vote. For instructions on registering to vote in Ohio, click here.

Once you're registered, in Ohio you can vote by mail, vote early at the County Board of Elections site, or vote in your precinct on election day. See the information and links below for full instructions. See official details here.

To register and to vote, you need to know the mailing address of your residence hall or house. You can find those physical addresses here.

Post-Election Roundtable

Please join the Politics & Government Department Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. for a post-election roundtable via Zoom. Politics & Government faculty will discuss what happened in the elections and how the results will shape the future of the presidency, Congress, courts, foreign policy, and democracy.

Bring your questions, concerns, and observations as the PG faculty host the discussion about this hotbed topic that impacts all of us in one way or another. If you prefer to submit your questions in advance, email them to jcfrankl@owu.edu. Otherwise, you are welcome to ask them during the event.

Zoom Link

Early Voting In Person

You can vote early in person in the weeks leading up to Election Day. The location for early voting in Delaware County is the Delaware County Board of Elections on U.S. 23, by Big Lots. If you need a ride, Delaware’s FLEX service is providing free rides for students making their first trip using the new service. Before you go, make sure you are registered to vote and make sure you know and can state the address at which you are registered to vote

Early Voting Dates & Times in Ohio

Feeling Stressed?

OWU Counseling Services is here to provide support if you're feeling overwhelmed with a stressful election in the middle of a pandemic. To help everyone through this time of uncertainty, Counseling Services created an Election Stress Kit, available at the link below. And you can learn tips for dealing with stress from this video.

Counseling services also will offer virtual "walk-in" counseling at noon every day of election week, Nov. 2-6, at this link; a yoga hour at noon Tuesday; and a mindfulness group at noon Wednesday

And if you're feeling stressed anytime and want to text with someone rather than call, you can text "home" to 741741 and a crisis counselor will text you back. (This crisis text line is not at OWU service.)

Election Stress Kit

Election Night Expert Analysis

Assistant Professor of Politics & Government Brianna Mack is scheduled to provide election night analysis on 10TV (Columbus CBS affiliate) from 7:10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. For early risers, she also will be interviewed on Delaware radio station WDLR (92.9 FM) at 7:45 a.m. on Election Day.

You can read her comments in the BlackPressUSA article "Why the 2020 Vote Matters More Than Ever to African Americans," linked below.

Read "Why the 2020 Vote Matters More Than Ever to African Americans"

Campus Spaces for Reflection and Conversation

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Department Contact Info

Location

Elliott Hall 211
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3780
F 740-368-3644

Department Contact

Chair: James Franklin
Professor of Politics and Government
Elliott Hall 308
740-368-3934
jcfrankl@owu.edu

Academic Assistant: Dawn Wright
Elliott Hall 110
740-368-3631
dmwright@owu.edu