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A Note from President Kent Fuchs: Encouragement to Vote

September 25, 2018

Dear faculty, staff and students,

In just a few weeks, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Americans will have the opportunity to make key decisions about our nation’s future in the midterm elections.

Here in Florida we will elect a new governor, choose Congressional, state and local representatives and decide important ballot issues.

I urge everyone in the University of Florida community to register to vote, and to vote, if you are eligible. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, there will be six voter registration locations on campus today from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. sponsored by the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections and Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

You can also register to vote through TurboVote or the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Voters who are registered in Alachua County and wish to vote during the early voting period will for the first time have the opportunity to do so on campus starting late next month.

Early voting provided by the Supervisor of Elections will be available at the Reitz Union, Room G-50, every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 through Nov. 3. On Election Day itself, voters must vote in their assigned polling place.

You can also request a vote-by-mail ballot from any Florida county. Voters registered in another state may have similar options.

At UF, our guiding aspiration is to be “a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership.”

Voting offers each of us the opportunity to personally exercise that leadership, and I hope you will join me in registering and voting in the Nov. 6 elections.

Warm regards,
Kent Fuchs

Published: September 26th, 2018

Category: Memoranda