ABOUT VOTING WEEK
Columbia University has a long and proud history of civic engagement. Voting Week seeks to honor this role and enrich the political life of the Columbia community with thought-provoking events and opportunities for voter registration.
CONNECT WITH OPPORTUNITIES
Through exciting events with alumni, industry leaders, and political insiders, make incredible connections.
Thanks to the work of organizations across campus, come listen to a roster of exciting speakers throughout the week.
FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Throughout the week, register to vote and find out about your upcoming elections at stations all across campus.
A New Voting Week for 2016
In 2015, the Columbia Political Union worked closely with the Columbia Office of Student Engagement to put on Voting Week.
Join our team of organizers as we work to plan an inclusive, diverse, and effective Voting Week for 2016!
Questions? Email Voter Engagement Director Daniella Goncalves.
A SHORT HISTORY
THE FIRST YEAR
Columbia Voting Week began as an idea of former Columbia Political Union President David Kang '15. President Kang envisioned a week-long celebration of civic engagement on campus to drum up voter registration and political awareness around the school.
IN THE YEARS SINCE
Held annually during the first week of October, Voting Week offers a range of fascinating and dynamic speakers to discuss democracy and voting while volunteers help members of the campus community file for absentee ballots and register to vote. Speakers have included Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, former Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Barham Salih, and several other distinguished guests. Voting Week has also registered hundreds of students to vote in their home districts.
In 2015, the Columbia Political Union (CPU) took charge of organizing future years of Voting Week and named Daniella Goncalves the first Voter Engagement Director to lead the planning of Voting Week 2016.
What is CPU?
We're proud and honored to work with our campus community to continue the tradition of Voting Week.
But, of course, Voting Week is not our only project. Learn about our other exciting work - from debates to political coverage - or just keep in touch by subscribing to our newsletter below.