Voter Information

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    Voter Information

Register to Vote

The Campus Vote Project provides voting guides for students in every state to help you make a personalized plan to vote.

Students have a choice about where to register to vote. Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address. You may only be registered and vote in one location.

More information for Aquinas College students is available in the Campus Vote Project’s Michigan Voting Guide or students can find information voting guides for their home states at

Voter registration links

Download a voter registration application or register online to vote

Aquinas College - Be a Prepared and Informed Voter

Aquinas College - What Does Voting in the November Election Mean to You?

Michigan Election and Voter Information

Voter Registration Deadlines


October 19, 2020

By mail

Postmarked in the mail by October 19, 2020

In person

November 3, 2020


You can register and vote at your city or township clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. Beginning October 20, 2020, you will need to provide proof of residency.

Vote early in person

Begins September 24, 2020

Vote on election day in person

November 3, 2020 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Vote by mail (absentee)

Request your ballot by 

October 30, 2020


Return your ballot in person by 

November 3, 2020, at 8 p.m. 


If returning your ballot by mail, it must be received by your local election official in the mail by 

November 3, 2020, at 8 p.m.

Information about elections and voting in Michigan is available at the Michigan Voter Information Center (Secretary of State).

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommendations for voting safely

  • To ensure Michigan voters remain healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the Nov. 3 general election, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provided recommendations for voterspoll workers and election officials (PDF).
  • Read the Recommendations for Healthy Voting in Michigan (PDF) for more helpful tips for voting this year.
  • All registered voters may vote early by visiting their city or township clerk’s office through Nov. 2. There they can request, fill out and submit an absentee ballot all in one trip, or take their ballot home to fill out and sign the envelope before returning it to one of their jurisdiction’s ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Nov 3. Election workers, who are required to wear masks, will ask voters to show photo ID.
  • Eligible citizens who are not yet registered may register, request and submit an absentee ballot at their local clerk’s office through 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Aquinas College Election 2020 Programming

Ongoing Programs

AQ Votes “Be an Educated Voter” Voter Education Panel Series with Aquinas College Faculty (pre-recorded)

  • Part One: Political Parties and Ideology (watch the video)
    • Dr. Dave Hebert, Economics
    • Dr. Jason Duncan, History
    • Dr. Michael Lorr, Sociology/Community Leadership 
    • Tim Ramsay (Moderator), Director of Student Activities
  • Part Two: Climate Change (watch the video)
    • Dr. Jim Rasmussen, Geography/Environmental Science
    • Dr. Deb Steketee, Sustainability Business
    • Mallory Miller (Moderator), Assistant Director of Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
  • Part Three: Government-Funded Programs (watch the video)
    • Dr. Molly Patterson, Political Science
    • Dr. David Hebert, Economics
    • Ramil Collier (Moderator), Student Activities

Presented by the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and the Student Activities Office

Volunteer to be an Election Poll Worker
Did you know that Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids have long served as election poll workers? Many of them will not be able to this year. Because of the pandemic, many long-time election workers, often more at-risk because of age, are not able to safely volunteer this year.

In honor of our Dominican Sisters, low-risk, eligible community members whose schedules and ability permit may consider volunteering as a poll worker. Employees who wish to volunteer will need to use vacation time. All faculty, staff and student volunteers are required to wear a cloth face covering, practice social distancing and practice good hygiene while volunteering.

Remember to vote and, if eligible and able, consider volunteering as an election worker!

  • Sign up to volunteer in the City of Grand Rapids.
  • Sign up to volunteer in Kent County.

October 15
Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: Online Deliberative Forum, hosted in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Foundation

2 p.m. Register

Please note that the 7 p.m. session was canceled. An email with further instructions will be sent to you upon registration.

The Aquinas Advantage Center invites all students, staff and faculty to participate in an online deliberative forum, "Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus."

October 20
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel invite you to a nonpartisan, virtual town hall and rally about how students can make their voice heard in the general election. This virtual event will be an opportunity to remind students of the key deadlines and voting rights information they need to know so that they can make their plan to vote. Join us for a last hurrah before you go vote!

Co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of State Universities, Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, Campus Vote Project, the ALL IN Challenge, the Big 10 Voting Challenge, Campus Election Engagement Project, and PIRGIM Students

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. virtually to make your plan to vote! Registration is required, please register at:

October 21 and 25
Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate campaign from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Young adults are invited to join an online conversation about participating in politics, exercising our conscience, and engaging in dialogue in the public square and at home – before and after this year’s election.

Mark Mann, director for family, youth, and young adult ministries for the Diocese of Grand Rapids will lead gatherings on Wednesday, October 21 and again on Sunday, October 25, starting at 7 p.m. Space is limited; pre-registration is requested. To register, please complete the short form at

Questions? Contact Mark Mann at