Engage with local, state, and national issues by seeking out credible news sources. Learn more about spotting fake news with NPR.

Find your Representative here and your Senators here, learn about the legislation they have sponsored, and see ways to contact them with any of your concerns.

For a nonpartisan breakdown of local and state issues, visit Vote411.org.

Find every candidate and measure explained, nationwide at ballotready.org

Educate Yourself on Local Politics

Know and understand how bills become law at the state level and what bills have been proposed for this legislative session to learn more about the decisions that get made every year and how they impact your everyday life. In the 2018 session, our representatives are reading bills about adoption, anti-patriotic displays, youth employment, animal cruelty, and more.

Purdue Votes: Democratic Engagement & Voter Registration

Visit Civic Engagement & Leadership Development in Krach 336 during open hours to learn more about where and how to vote or to pick up a stamp for an absentee ballot.

Civic Engagement & Leadership Development believes in direct engagement to help students develop leadership and civic identities in order to prepare them to facilitate positive change in local, national, and global communities. We look to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with the University and our communities that will spark a lifelong commitment to active citizenship and participation in the democratic process. The PurdueVotes Coalition 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.

Big Ten Voting Challenge

Did you know voter turnout for young people is on the decline? Nearly 80 percent of people under the age of 30 stayed home when it came time to cast their vote in 2014 (According to a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University). Purdue wants to encourage you to exercise your power, your voice, and your vote to shape the issues that matter to you the most. As a Big Ten partner, Purdue University is participating in the Big Ten Voting Challenge.

The Big Ten Voting Challenge aims to increase the number of eligible student voters across the country and encourage participation at the polls for all elections. Each of the 14 schools within the Big Ten Conference is competing for the highest percentage of eligible voter turnout, based on the fall 2018 midterm elections, and the school with the most improved percentage of turnout comparing the 2014 to the 2018 elections wins. 

Learning about issues affecting the nation and participating in the democratic process makes you the real winner. You've exercised your privilege to vote and your power to create change.

Read the Voting Challenge letter from all Big Ten University Presidents.

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