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The University of Scranton recognizes the importance and duty that we each have to ourselves and our nation to participate in the civic process of voting for our elected officials. Although the 2020 Presidential election is past, there are still many local elections coming up this year. The Office of Community Relations, in partnership with The University of Scranton Student Government, has compiled a list of voter resources to help guide students as they prepare to engage in their civic duty to make their voices heard in elections and to continue to engage with our civic process.
Ensure you are ready to vote: check your voter registration, make a voting plan, and make your voice heard by casting your ballot. The resources in this guide offer an Election Day Voter Resource Guide, Voting Information, and Information on Election Related Events. Students with questions on this guide can reach out to The University of Scranton Student Government or contact the Office of Community Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Election Day Voter Resource Guide
If you have voting questions and don't know what to do we're here to support you! University of Scranton students can email: email@example.com or call: 570-941-4419 with any voting questions.
"People in every nation enhance the social dimension of their lives by acting as committed and responsible citizens." - Pope Francis
Verify Your Voter Registration
Before you head to the polls to vote in any upcoming elections, be sure to verify your voter registration is up to date. Remember, you must vote where you are registered to vote. The voter registration verification process is simple. If you have any questions, we are here to help!Am I Registered to Vote?
How to Vote
Now that you're registered to vote, the next step is to creating your voting plan. A good way to create your voting plan is to think about where you will vote and how you plan to vote.Find Your State & Local Elections Office
Be Election Day Ready
If you plan to vote in an upcoming election in person, consider how you will get to your polling location and what you need to once you get there, such as a mask or supplies or an ID if it is your first time voting at polling location. PA voters can see accepted ID for voting here.Voter Registration Deadlines
You can also learn more about how to get others involved in our political process to help increase participation in our political process along. When We All Vote, a nonpartisan effort launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, aims to change the culture around voting using a data-driven and multifaceted approach to increase participation in elections and provides information to help make voters aware of their voting rights. Democracy for All is another nonpartisan organization that seeks to connect and involve all people and communities, especially those traditionally underrepresented, in the democratic process.
Examen for Civic Life
As we continue to prepare for upcoming local elections as a University community, the Office of Campus Ministries invites you to pray reflectively together. Using the Examen, a prayer exercise rooted in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, we will together pray to discern and reflect in specific ways about the interrelationship between Gospel values and political engagement. Students, administrators, faculty, and staff lead this video prayer experience that you can view on The University of Scranton YouTube channel here.
Before you cast your ballot, it is important that you first reflect on your own values to consider what issues and platforms are most important to you as you seek the right candidate. The next step is to learn more about the candidates running for office. You can consider
- Stance on important issues and policies
- History of civil service and past legislation supported
- Moral character and personal history
In the end, it is important to identify a candidate that represents who you are, what you care about, and how you want policy issues to address during the candidate's term. Remember, your elected officials speak on your behalf, so it is vital that you select a candidate that you would trust to do this important job.
To prepare yourself to choose a candidate it can be helpful to understand the terms and definitions used in our political process. You can empower yourself to make the best choice by understanding what these words mean.Common Voting Terms and Definitions
Many people often refrain from voting because they do not know about the candidates and are afraid to select someone that does not truly represent them in government. As a citizen it is your duty to learn about who is running for office and to prepare yourself to make the best choice before heading to the ballot box.
Depending on where you are voting, when you receive your ballot you may also find that you can cast your vote on a referendum. Just as with candidates, it is important to know what referendums are up for a vote in advance of the election.Find An Explanation of Candidates and Referendums
This spring, students from varied political perspectives and backgrounds are invited to join together to engage and encounter each other's experiences and views - not debate or persuade - through structured dialogues to build understanding and seek areas of common ground. The first dialogue - Democracy: Are We "Brave Enough to Be It?" - was held on March 3.
The spring's second student nonpartisan political dialogue - Exploring "Cancel Culture" - will take place on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This dialogue will offer an opportunity for students to discuss the phenomenon of cancel culture.
Creating an open dialogue across difference can be challenging, but with an open mind and genuine listening it is possible to come together despite our differences. The University's Political Dialogues Initiative has developed a method for engaging in open conversation across difference using the principles of Ignatian Spirituality and structured dialogue methods of national non-profit Essential Partners.
"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13
As members of a Jesuit and Catholic institution, we consider our faith and ask for God's guidance in making important decisions. Our values and our faith inform our choices and our actions. We understand the importance of reflection and discernment as we consider the candidates and issues. We also believe that voting is a responsibility that we all share that contributes to the common good for all people.
Ignatian Solidarity Network Resources
The Ignatian Solidarity Network offers a series of voting guides on important issues and additional voting resources along with a new Voting Is an Act of Love campaign. Additionally, the Ignatian Solidarity Network offers a short asynchronous training, Braver Angels Training, that offers insights on how to discuss issues with individuals who differ from you politically.
Contemplation and Political Action: An Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement
The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States reflects on our Gospel call to promote the common good in the public square and have created an Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement. This guide applies the tradition of Ignatian spirituality to our shared political life through contemplation and reflection as a call to political action so that we may be "men and women for others."
Catholic Bishops of the United States Resources
Guide and teaching document on the political responsibilities of Catholics by offered by the Catholic bishops of the United States.Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español)
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