The Election Connection

In addition to a comprehensive program of voter education, registration, and mobilization (@BatesVotes), Bates offers an array of election-related programs designed to stimulate learning and discussion and to support informed civic action. The list below will be updated periodically during the 2022 election cycle.

Wednesday, October 5:  Bates Voter Registration Day!
Did you know that every time a student moves, they need to re-register to vote?  On October 5, stop by the tables outside Commons to register or learn how to request an absentee ballot in your home state.  Additionally, voter registration cards and drop-off boxes will be located at the Ladd Library and Post & Print.  

Call for Submissions – Bates “I Voted” Design Contest
Bates Votes, a nonpartisan voter engagement initiative, is excited to bring students, faculty, and staff a limited edition “I Voted” sticker to engage the campus community in the electoral process.  The winning design will be distributed in late October through Election Day to Bates voters. 
Submissions are open to Bates students with the final design selected by the campus community:

October 13 – Defending Democracy:  The State of Free & Fair Elections in Maine and the U.S.
A Talk with Secretary of State Shenna Bellows & Professor John Baughman
Thursday, October 13 – 7:30pm – 9pm
Fireplace Lounge, Commons
Register here: 

Voting is the cornerstone of American democracy, but our election system is challenged by persistent barriers to voting and unprecedented new threats.  Learn from Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows about election integrity, threats to free and fair elections in Maine and across the country. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is Maine’s first female Secretary of State, sworn into her two-year position on January 4, 2021.  Currently, Secretary Bellows is serving on the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Elections and Cybersecurity Committee.  A social activist, non-profit leader, and politician, she has led campaigns to protect same-day voter registration, worked on ballot campaigns to pass marriage equality in Maine, and championed legislation to expand voting rights during her time in the Maine State Senate.