Purdue Votes


The PurdueVotes Coalition, with support from the Office of the President and Civic Engagement & Leadership Development, is a campus-wide committee that includes members from important stakeholder groups that work together to increase student voting rates and help students form the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Important Dates

September 22 - National Voter Registration Day

October 5 - Last Day to register to vote in Indiana

October 6 - Early voting begins in Indiana

October 14 - Early Voting in Mackey, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

October 22 - Deadline to request an absentee ballot in Indiana

November 3 - ELECTION DAY 

Voter Registration

College students have an option on where they register to vote. You can either register in your hometown and vote by mail OR you can register to vote in Tippecanoe County. To be eligible you must be a U.S. Citizen and at least 18 years old on or before Election Day (November 3).

Big Ten Voting Challenge

B10-Voting-Purdue-horizontal-final.pngThe Big Ten Voting Challenge is a competition among the 14 universities in the Big Ten Conference. Universities will be competing to win two titles – “Greatest Overall Turnout” and “Greatest Increase in Voting Rates”. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has signed the All IN Presidential Commitment for the 2020 General Election. The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. By recognizing colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates, the Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, make democratic participation a core value on their campus, and cultivate generations of engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.

With over 600,000 college students attending Big Ten campuses, college student voters in the conference will play an important role in local, state and national elections. Take the pledge to vote in the general election and help Purdue win the challenge at: https://allintovote.org/take-the-pledge/!

Registering to vote

In person

If you are registering to vote locally (in Tippecanoe County), visit us in Krach 336 to register. We are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. We can also provide assistance with registering to vote in your hometown and have stamps available for absentee ballot request forms.


If you have an Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana state-issued ID, visit indianavoters.com. If you are registering in your home state (not Indiana), visit https://allintovote.org/register/ to register to vote, confirm your voter registration status, and determine how and where to vote.

Please Note:
  • Transgender people: You can vote, even if your gender does not match what's listed on your state-issued ID.
  • Recently Naturalized Citizens: Recently naturalized citizens have the same voting rights as someone who was born in the U.S.
  • Individuals with Disabilities: Polling places much have at least one accessible voting machine. Voters that require assistance may bring a friend or ask a poll worker.  

Absentee Voting

In order to request an absentee ballot, you must first be registered to vote. Each state has its own rules and deadlines regarding absentee voting, please visit the following link to find specifics for your state: https://allintovote.org/plan/request-your-ballot/. You can visit us in Krach 336 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to get a stamp for your absentee ballot request.

Voting ID

In the state of Indiana, you have to bring an acceptable ID with a photo and printed expiration date. The following qualify as acceptable forms of identification:

  • Indiana Driver’s License
  • Indiana state-issued ID
  • United States Passport
  • Updated Purdue ID with printed expiration date
  • Or a military or veteran's ID will also work (no expiration date required)

If you do not have any of the above forms of identification or need to update your Purdue ID, email us at leadership@purdue.edu and we will help you through the process.

Where to Vote

Early voting is an opportunity to cast your ballot before Election Day in order to avoid long lines at the polls. The Tippecanoe County Election Board has released early voting dates for the general election. The following are the early voting locations closest to campus. For a full list of all early voting locations, visit the election board website at: https://www.tippecanoe.in.gov/449/Early-Voting-Schedule.


Mackey Arena
900 John R. Wooden Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 
6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Faith West Community Ctr.
1920 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
535 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Mackey Arena
900 John R. Wooden Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
6 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Informed Voting

Be prepared before you cast your vote in order to make an informed decision. To find out what’s on your ballot and learn about the candidates visit: https://www.vote411.org/ or https://allintovote.org/learn/election-2020/.



For questions about voting, email leadership@purdue.edu or visit Civic Engagement & Leadership Development in Krach 336.

For updates about voting at Purdue, follow Purdue Votes Coalition on Instagram at
@CELDPurdue or on Facebook.

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