With the Covid-19 pandemic, this election season is unprecedented. In previous years, students might have encountered voting related events in-person at Frist Campus Center. With evident challenges to voting at the polls, it has become increasingly important to vote by mail and vote early. This year, in adaptation to new circumstances, Vote100 and ODUS present Tiger Ballot Day, a completely virtual campaign to encourage Princeton students to vote by mail on Saturday October 10th. That day, Vote 100 fellows, ambassadors, and state directors will hold Zoom “office hours” to address any questions or concerns regarding voting procedures. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for the Princeton community to cast their ballots.
Tiger Ballot Day is the perfect kick off to Fall Break. Historically, Fall Break was established as an opportunity for Princeton students to engage in political processes. In 1970, the Council of the Princeton University Community advocated for students and faculties’ abilities to participate in “Get Out the Vote” activities to increase voter turnout. This initiative is also an effort to reduce pressure on the United States Postal Service and provides ample time for any ballot errors to be corrected and resubmitted before the November 3rd election. For these reasons, Tiger Ballot Day is scheduled two weeks before National Vote Early Day on October 24th. In many states early voting has begun, and CNN reported earlier this week that over one million ballots have already been cast. For Princetonians without a voting plan, Tiger Ballot Day is the perfect prompt to develop one.
The civic value of our community’s votes is immense. Tiger Ballot Day is entirely dedicated to bringing Princetonians together to show up and vote.
Student Coordinator of Tiger Ballot Day Jennifer Lee ’23 said, “In my opinion, Tiger Ballot Day will be the perfect reminder for a lot of Princetonians to submit their ballots without delay! This way, if any students have questions or doubts about how to vote, they know exactly where to find us. Blocking off October 10 as the day for Princetonians to mail in their ballots allows us to capture the momentum of the upcoming election (and school year!), encouraging everyone to vote as early as possible. Although we may be socially distanced, I hope we can unite our campus community in the name of voting and civic engagement."
The ultimate goal is to establish voting as one of Princeton’s core values, furthering the notion that to be a Princetonian, is to be a voter. So, if you plan to vote by mail or vote early, be sure to share your voting-related content with Princeton on social media on Tiger Ballot Day!