Know your ballot: A roundup of election events and resources

September 21, 2020

Last updated: October 20, 2020

From trivia nights to virtual organizing parties, there are plenty of ways to learn about the issues at stake in the 2020 primary election through the library and around campus.

Have questions about voting? See how to register and get an absentee ballot. If you're on campus, you can register and cast your ballot at the one-stop Ann Arbor City Clerk's satellite office at the U-M Museum of Art now through Election Day.

Get involved

Sign your student organization up for the UMichVotes Student Org Challenge to nudge others to get registered and vote!

Learn more about the issues 

Still unsure about the candidates or related policies? Sample what your ballot will look like in advance and assign a friend (or group!) to look into the issues and report back to one another.

And no need to be overwhelmed with where to start your online research — we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you with these curated resources:

For further exploration into the United States’ democratic institutions and conflicts, this collection of books available for free online from the University of Michigan Press explores key topics in American political culture.

Prefer a podcast? The Press’s related audio series invites authors together to discuss issues of national and international concern, from social policy to racial justice.

Join a virtual event or exhibit

Check out all the election-related events and exhibits happening around campus.

You can dive deep with these free U-M teach-outs on democracy and debate, including Disinformation, Misinformation, and Fake News, featuring contributions from librarians Jo Angela Oehrli and Hailey Mooney.

Spread the word on social media

You can encourage friends and family to get engaged and vote.

Use the hashtags #UMichVotes, #SpeakActVote, and #VotingIsSexy to amplify your message.

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