4 Things You Need to Know Before Election Day 2014

PaceVotesElection Day is just one week away! Already registered to vote or registered this year? According to a recent Harvard poll, only 23 percent of voters aged 18-24 responding to a recent survey said they will “definitely” vote in 2014, even after 50 percent – that’s 23 million! – of eligible young voters cast a ballot in 2012.

Your vote is your voice – prove them wrong and send a message to your candidates as well as future Presidential hopefuls that young voters are paying attention, and that you demand attention to your issues and concerns.

With just one week to go, make sure you’re prepared! Be sure you know the answer to these key questions:

1. WHERE do I vote?

Find out where your polling site is in New York City or Westchester, or apply for an absentee ballot. If you are registered to vote in one of the residence halls at Pace, click here to easily find your site!

2. HOW am I getting to the polls?

New York City Students: If you are registered to vote in any of the Manhattan Residence Halls, the CCAR and Pace Residence Life will be leading groups to their polling sites at 10:30AM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM, and 7:30PM, leaving from the front of 1 Pace Plaza. There will also be a table set up from 11:30AM-1:30PM where students can look up their polling sites and find out more information about their options! RSVP on Facebook for updates and information.

Pleasantville Campus  Students: Students registered on the Pleasantville or Briarcliff campuses can get a ride from the Voter Van this Election Day to catch a ride to polling locations in Pleasantville and Briarcliff from 10am – 2pm! The van will pick up at Choate Circle on Pleasantville campus at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm, and in front of Dow Hall on Briarcliff campus at 11am and 1pm.

3. WHEN will I vote?

Polls in New York are open from 6AM to 9PM, so be sure to schedule some time into your day to get out there, wherever you’re voting. If you’re voting absentee, you’ll need to mail in your ballot by the day before the election or visit your local Board of Elections; find out more about absentee voting in New York City and New York State.

4. WHO am I voting for?

Be sure you know who you plan to vote for before you get to the polls! Check out our Pace Votes Pinterest for resources on finding out who your candidates are, unbiased looks into their stances on the issues you care about, and all the latest news on the current election. You can also learn more about other aspects of voting, like ballot proposals and what your voting rights are.

Then, get out and vote!

Get motivated with some humor, colorful infographics, celebrity videos, or these important reminders of historical struggles for the right to vote, and find an hour on Tuesday, November 4th to make your voice heard.