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Voter Registration

The RSU Civic Engagement Project coordinates the university’s voter registration campaigns and organizes student volunteers throughout the year. RSUVotes is the university’s student voter registration campaign, and the RSU Civic Engagement Project will often organize voter registration opportunities at the beginning of each semester.

Need to register to vote, update your address, request an absentee ballot, find your polling location, view a sample ballot, or change your political party?

Text & Email Notifications: The RSU Civic Engagement Project encourages students, faculty, and staff to utilize turbovote.org. TurboVote is an email and text message voter notification system organized by Democracy Works, a 501(c)(3) organization. While RSU does not guarantee the accuracy of text or email notifications from third-party organizations, TurboVote is used by dozens of colleges across the country to help students receive information about election deadlines, absentee ballots, and primary elections. We encourage voters to visit vote.gov for up-to-date information. TurboVote and similar services can offer friendly reminders but may not be endorsed by your state election board.

What is the Civic Engagement Project?

The Rogers State University Civic Engagement Project is program of the Office of Student Affairs and seeks to promote a culture of civic engagement and democratic learning across RSU. Through voter mobilization, election watch parties, politics and pizza, and other activities, the Civic Engagement Project fosters a non-partisan effort to grow active and engaged student citizens. By collaborating with other university offices and student organizations, the Civic Engagement Project institutionalizes our approach to develop the whole student.

What Does The Civic Engagement Project Do?

The Civic Engagement Project offers several activities throughout the year:

  • Voter registration drives help reach our goal of total student voter registration. At the beginning of each semester, registration tables are organized across campus as well as informational booths.
  • During major elections, the Civic Engagement Project will organize election watch parties to bring students together in a non-partisan gathering. Political science professors are often invited to provide analyis and spark discussion on our nation’s governance.
  • The Civic Engagement Project will also organize debates, lectures, and guest speaker arrangements that bring political science professors, civic leaders, and candidates to campus.
  • Politics & Pizza, borrowed from the Carl Albert Center, offers an open discussion led by favorite professors on political science, public interest, and international relations subjects. They offer an opportunity for students to learn, connect, and explore the greater world we live in.

Am I Eligible? How Do I Get Involved?

Qualified students are eligible to join the Civic Engagement Project if they meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in at-least six (6) credit hours at RSU
  • Have at-least a 2.00 cumulative or career GPA

If you meet these requirements, consider applying and being a part of the Civic Engagement Project. All students are invited to apply.

Why Should I Apply?

Applying to the RSU Civic Engagement Project offers unique opportunities for its members. These include:

  • Designation as an RSU Civic Engagement Fellow
  • Networking with other civic-minded students and community leaders, including local elected officials, university administrators, and state officials
  • Making a difference on your campus through service, leadership, and community change
  • Developing critical skills such as event management, interpersonal communications, and organizational leadership
  • Receiving academic credit for volunteering*

*Academic credit is dependent on departmental approval. If you are interested in seeking academic credit for a practicum, field placement, or similar course, please coordinate with the Office of Student Affairs and academic department offering the course.

⇒ Students interested in applying should Complete the Application (pdf) and submit it to the Office of Student Affairs.

What Happens Next?

The Civic Engagement Project will review your application and contact you within two (2) weeks with a response letter. If accepted, you are welcome to any and all activities and meetings hosted by the Civic Engagement Project. Members of the Civic Engagement Project are recognized as fellows ad are expected to regularly attend meetings and support the activities of the Civic Engagement Project.

Continuing Membership: In order to stay in good standing, members of the Civic Engagement Project must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours at RSU and maintain at-least a 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Volunteer at least 10 hours in voter registration booths or classroom presentations each semester
  • Help staff, plan, or organize another Civic Engagement Project activity each semester, e.g. Pizza & Politics, election watch party, etc.
  • Promote the Civic Engagement Project to another RSU student, prospective student, registered student organization, or class

Who Is the Civic Engagement Project?

The Civic Engagement Project is a student-led program at RSU that seeks to promote a culture of civic engagement and democratic learning across RSU. It engages student leaders to generate, positive civic engagement on campus.

The RSU Civic Engagement Project was established in 2020 to support the university’s mission to develop capable, engaged, and informed future community leaders. Student leaders, known as RSU Civic Engagement Fellows, are responsible for the development of civic engagement and democratic learning programs across campus.

FAQs

It’s your civic right. Voting in local, state, and federal elections help shape the communities you want to live in. If you aren’t registered to vote, you may be unable to cast a ballot on an election day.
It depends on your state. In the State of Oklahoma, voter registration applications must be mailed or delivered to the state or a county election board 24 days before the next election. In other states, please check with your state election board; some states require voter registration in advance of an election while some permit same-day registration.
That is up to you. Many students find it convenient to change their voter registration to Rogers County if they plan to stay at RSU for more than a year. Registering to vote with your dorm or off-campus apartment address may make it easier to receive an absentee ballot or vote locally. Students who register with their school address also find voting early at the Rogers County Election Board office (located four minutes from campus) more convenient than traveling home to a polling location.
It depends on your state. In the State of Oklahoma, residents who are U.S. citizens, are 18 years of age or older and have not had their voting rights taken away are eligible to vote. In other states, please check with your state election board for specific voting laws. Generally, persons adjudicated to be mentally incapacitated by a court or are still incarcerated, serving parole, or on probation after being convicted of a felon are ineligible.
The RSU Civic Engagement Project welcomes all students, faculty, or staff interested in getting registered to vote. Under Oklahoma state law, any person can assist with voter registration applications; however, the RSU Civic Engagement Project will provide training or pair you with an experienced volunteer before assisting your fellow Hillcats. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the RSU Office of Student Affairs at 918-343-7579.