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The 2020 elections are happening this November. College students in STEM fields are less likely to vote than students in the humanities, social sciences and education. The presidency, all seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the seats in the Senate will be contested. Eleven state governorships and many other state and local elections will also be contested. Be sure you are registered to vote in time to participate!  Learn more about voting policies and rights in your state and register to vote at Rock the Vote, a nonprofit dedicated to engaging young people in politics.

Voting procedures and requirements for requesting an absentee ballot during the coronavirus pandemic vary by state. Visit your state board of elections website or for deadlines and to request a ballot.

The Science Debate is asking the presidential candidates a series of science and technology policy questions. State-level coalitions are working with Science Debate and the National Science Policy Network to develop regionally tailored, nonpartisan questions for all candidates related to science, technology and health policy priorities. Check their website to see the candidate’s responses.

Your Rights

These resources from Climate Science Legal Defense Fund help scientists like you engage with candidates safely and effectively: