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2020 Election Information

Find reliable resources about where and how to vote, as well as what issues and which candidates will be on your ballot.

Merrimack College Resources and Information

Brenna Roberts, '21 wrote and published a comprehensive student voting guide in The Beacon, Merrimack College's Student Newspaper.  Check it out here: Your Guide to Voting in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The League of Women Voters Andover-North Andover, a local nonpartisan voter education resource, created this video especially for Merrimack students in the 2020 election year. 

 

Did you miss our event in October?  No worries--we recorded it!

CLICK HERE.  Passcode: 3!Aht.dz

 

Need More Information?

Still have questions?  In the 20-21 school year, Political Science professor and Merrimack staff member Mary McHugh is offering support.  Email her at mchughm@merrimack.edu.

 

If you have questions about sources in this guide or research in general, please reach out to mcquade@merrimack.edu or click on the "Email Me" button on the left side of this guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I can't remember if I've registered to vote?
  • Should I register to vote with my home address or my school address?
    • From Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics: 

      By law, you can register to vote in either location – NOT both! Many students feel more connected and know more about the candidates and issues in their hometowns, so they want to register and vote there. Some students want to be registered at their school location to be able to vote on candidates and issues that affect their school. The most important thing is that you DO vote.

      If you are from Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada or Tennessee, and you did not register to vote in person, you may NOT vote by absentee ballot. Your states have additional identification laws that supersede HAVA identification requirements (see below).

      Note: If you have a state-funded scholarship or a privately-funded scholarship designated for a local student, be sure to check the terms of your scholarship before registering to vote in your college community. You could lose your eligibility. 

    • Check out this voter registration decisionmaking tool.

  • Can I vote at home and at school?
    • No, you'll have to choose one place to register and vote.
  • What if I have problems voting at the polls?
    • From LWV USA: 

      Report an election issue by calling:

      • 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
      • 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
      • 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
      • 1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic)
    • Your local election commission may also have a contact for any issues

Staying Informed

Check out some of the following sources for 2020 election coverage. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather a starting point.

Note: Keep in mind some sources may have a bias (liberal, conservative, etc.). 

 

From Bentley University's Elections Guide