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Civic Engagement Initiative

Scripps Votes 2020 is a campus-wide, nonpartisan movement designed to prepare and empower the Scripps community for participation in the November 3 national election and all future elections. 

During the run-up to November 3, the Laspa Center will coordinate programs, events, and resources designed to engage, inform, and build community around our shared experience of this upcoming, historic election.

Readiness

Here are some resources for same-day voting on Novemeber 3, 2020.

Before the Polls
Make a Voting Plan! By having a voting plan individuals are encouraged to identify any individual barriers that may prevent them from voting. You can make a voting plan for yourself by asking questions such as:  What time will  you be voting? Is a mail-in ballot an option? Are you going to the polls? How will you be getting  there? Do you have the necessary documents to vote? Answering these questions will help make the process of casting your ballot easier and efficient.

Research Your Ballot

Ballotpedia is an online nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that covers American federal, state, and local elections and politics. The goal of Ballotpedia is to inform people about politics with accurate and objective information on political candidates.

Bursting the Bias Bubble Our vote is most effective when we’re confident that the person or issue on the ballot reflects our values. However, when any given source of information may contain bias, how do we know when we’re seeing truth? Here are some steps you can take to filter the facts from the bias.

Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.

Finding Your Polling Place and Getting There

Get to the Polls  is a voter lookup tool that helps voters identify where to vote or return their ballot, what’s on their ballot, and how to contact their state and local election officials by simply entering their address.

Rides to the Polls can be 50% off to and from the polls if you use the polling location finder within the Uber app.

At the Polls

Election protection allows you to text or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or tweet @866OURVOTE if you experience issues while voting.

Pizza to the Polls allows you to get a free pizza delivered to the polling place for you and your line buddies if there are long lines. Just submit a photo!

Also check out other sections of this page for more information and resources!

Recovery

This election asked a lot of us, no matter where we stand on the candidates or the issues. Take some time to recommit to the things that you value, restore your sense of calm, and renew your sense of peace. The Laspa Center is pleased to share this snapshot of programming and resources available to you for the final days leading up to and after the election.

All times are listed in pacific daylight time. Dates and details are subject to change. Contact the host department/sponsor for more information. 

RESTORE

Process the election or talk through current stressors in any of the following drop-in hours.

Primary Contact Deans
Tuesdays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Email deanofstudentsoffice@scrippscollege.edu.

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
Wednesday 11/4, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11/5, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11/10, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
To sign up, please contact Fiona.Vajk@claremont.edu and indicate the date and time you would like to join, and you will be provided with the link and password. Learn more about Monsour.

Laspa Center
Wednesday 11/4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Available also by appointment. Email laspa@scrippscollege.edu.

OBSA Office Hours
Learn more.

Hanging with the Chaplains: Post-Election Support
Thursday, 11/5, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 11/9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Learn more about the Chaplains Election Support Resources.

Scripps360: Community Support-Offered by Dr. Simone Hicks
Thursday, 11/5 4:00 p.m.
Zoom Info.

RECOMMIT

7C Coffee with the Deans-Hosted by CLSA
Wednesday 11/4, 2:00 p.m.
Zoom Info.

PLEN Information Session
Friday 11/6, 10:00 a.m.
Motivated for change? Meet with the Communication and Programs Manager at PLEN to learn more about their upcoming seminars and if one might be a fit for you. Sponsored by the Laspa Center. Register via Handshake

Community Dialogue Co-hosted by SCORE and Academic Resources and Services
Friday 11/6,  12:00 p.m.
Zoom Info.

How To Be An Anti-Racist And Practice Self-Care
Wednesday 11/11, 6:00 p.m.
This workshop will be led by mental health professionals who will discuss the importance of self-care. By engaging in self-care, each of us are able to continue our valuable work.
RSVP here.

Latinas Navigating and Resisting
Thursday 11/12, 12:00 p.m.
Creative nonfiction writer and PhD Candidate in Urban Education Policy at USC Cynthia Villarreal joins Esmeralda Hernandez-Hamad, the project specialist for the Center for Urban Education, and Marinel Martinez, Coordinator for HR, Training, and Development at University of Maryland College Park for a conversation on education and post-election processing and a Q&A session with Café con Leche.
Zoom Info.

Where Do We Go From Here?: Rep. Karen Bass in Conversation
Thursday 11/12, 5:00 p.m.
Rep. Karen Bass has worn many hats: middle school activist, emergency room physician’s assistant, taekwondo practitioner. This diversity of experiences laid a fascinating foundation for her most important and influential role yet as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Now, the fifth-term congresswoman is a leading voice in the country’s efforts to overhaul policing in America. Join Rep. Bass and Scripps’ own Associate Professor of Politics Vanessa Tyson for a post-election conversation about where we go next.
RSVP here.

Rest and Resistance with Watu
Friday 11/20, 12:00 p.m.
With special guest, Dr. Jasmin Young, assistant professor in the department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside.
Zoom Info.

RENEW

Zen Meditation
Hosted by the Chaplains
Wednesday 11/4, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Learn more.

Cultural Practices and Self-Care
Tuesday 11/10, 3:00 p.m.
Please join CLSA, in partnership with Dr. Lisette Sanchez, as she addresses some key topics that impact Latinx community at The Claremont Colleges. RSVP here.

The Restorative Yoga Workshop
Thursday 11/5, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/13, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructed by co-owner of Claremont Yoga Tracy Brennan. Co-sponsored by EmPOWER Center and Tiernan Field House. Register here.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Led by Deb Gisvold, Assistant Dean and Director of Tiernan Field House. Presented by the EmPOWER Center and Tiernan Field House.
Zoom Info.

FitScripps Live Workouts
Mondays | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesdays | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Fridays | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Learn more.

Voting registration is handled by the individual states, usually by the Secretary of State’s office. Processes and deadlines vary; some states allow online registration and others do not. Make sure you are following the correct process for your state. Below are examples of websites that consolidate registration and voting information and help streamline the process. (Inclusion does not imply endorsement by the College. Always exercise caution when asked to disclose personal identifying information.)

TurboVote makes it easy to register and request absentee ballots by keeping track of voter registration, absentee, and vote-by-mail rules for all 50 states. TurboVote will send you text & email reminders about registration deadlines, upcoming elections & where to vote.

Get to the Polls  is a voter lookup tool that helps voters identify where to vote or return their ballot, what’s on their ballot, and how to contact their state and local election officials by simply entering their address.

Rides to the Polls can be 50% off to and from the polls if you use the polling location finder within the Uber app.

Other Resources

Vote.org is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) technology platform in America. It has registered more than 4.5 million new voters, verified 10.5 million voters’ registration status, and has helped over 39 million website users by providing registration links and deadlines, polling location details, and other essential voting information for each state.

Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. Rock the Vote draws on decades of experience to deploy the most effective and impactful messages, tactics, and technology to uplift and empower the largest, most diverse generation in U.S. history. They do this while also pioneering innovative ways to make democratic participation more accessible and defending young people’s right to vote.

Ballottrax notifies you when your mail-in ballot is received as well as notifies you if there is a discrepancy. Not available for every county in the US; check availability where you live and vote.

Election officials page lookup allows you to search your state and region to find more information on your local election officials.

Election officials twitter list to follow helps you find the twitters of election officials so you can see what they’ve been talking about.

Election protection allows you to text or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or tweet @866OURVOTE if you experience issues while voting.

Pizza to the Polls allows you to get a free pizza delivered to the polling place for you and your line buddies if there are long lines. Just submit a photo!

Claremont Area Resources

You’ve registered – excellent! Put your vote to best use by learning as much as you can about the candidates and issues on the ballot, as well as the history of elections and voting in the United States.

Useful Tools and Guides

A Voting Plan is a technique that ensures voter turnout to the polls. By  having a voting plan individuals are encouraged to identify any individual barriers that may prevent them from voting. You can make a voting plan for yourself by asking questions such as:  What time will  you be voting? Is a mail-in ballot an option? Are you going to the polls? How will you be getting  there? Do you have the necessary documents to vote? Answering these questions will help make the process of casting your ballot easier and efficient.

Resources

Ballotpedia is an online nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that covers American federal, state, and local elections and politics. The goal of Ballotpedia is to inform people about politics with accurate and objective information on political candidates.

Bursting the Bias Bubble Our vote is most effective when we’re confident that the person or issue on the ballot reflects our values. However, when any given source of information may contain bias, how do we know when we’re seeing truth? Here are some steps you can take to filter the facts from the bias.

Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.

From the Media

Find out how to become a poll worker in your area through WorkElections.com.  (You might even get paid!)

Volunteer with When We All Vote.org, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization working to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap.

You can also volunteer with Election Protection to help make sure everyone stays safe while voting. They have both online and in person opportunities.

Find out where you can volunteer, donate, and get involved where you’re needed most at VoteSaveAmerica.com

Put your talents to work supporting a candidate or issue in your local community. Search by political party, candidate, referendum, ballot initiative, or cause that you care about and look for volunteer information.

The Laspa Center launched the Civic Engagement Initiative in Fall 2019 as a nonpartisan program to educate students about voter rights and electoral processes, empower students to be civically engaged, and equip students to become leaders in public policy. The Laspa Center views civic engagement as a form of leadership because it promotes engagement from the community and allows those who participate to educate and empower others.