Blaze the Ballot
What is Blaze the Ballot?
BLAZE the Ballot is a new initiative sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI). Its goal is to encourage and promote voter culture and active engagement in civic responsibility within our campus community!
BLAZE is an acronym which speaks to the objectives of the initiative:
B- Build a better campus community of general respect, inclusion, and tolerance
L- Learn about voting as the foundation of the democratic process
A- Accountability to affect change through active civic engagement
Z - Zealous about the future
E - Encourage and emphasize voting culture on our campus
What does Blaze the Ballot do?
We work to educate students on voter culture, provide resources to student voters, and bridge the gap between this generation and the “ballot.” BLAZE the Ballot programming and events can be found at: https://www.valdosta.edu/student/diversity/sdi-programs1.php
What do you know about voting?
To gain knowledge about the voting processes visit https://www.vote411.org/ This website provides voters with all the basic information necessary to ensure they are aware of types of ballots (i.e. absentee ballot, provisional ballot), the voting process, important dates, and information specific to each state.
Important Georgia Voting Dates:
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020.
The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 30, 2020.
Georgia’s early voting period runs from Monday, October 12, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on location. Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.
Lowndes County Board of Elections
2808 N. Oak St
Valdosta, GA 31601
You can also visit: https://www.rockthevote.org/ to find information for your specific state.
Absentee Ballot Information
Absentee Ballots are the mechanism used to cast your vote in your location of permanent residency. This type of ballot is a vote by mail ballot. You must contact your state to apply for an absentee ballot application, fill it out and return in by your state's deadline. Vote. org is a great site to learn more about the absentee ballot process for your state. Below are links and topics for your review.
- Absentee Ballot Rules per State: http://www.vote.org/absentee-voting-rules/
- Absentee Ballot Application: http://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/
- Absentee Ballot Deadlines per State: http://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot-deadlines/
Don’t just vote, volunteer!
Voting is an essential part of BLAZE the Ballot, but volunteering is just as important! Volunteer poll workers are paid. Working the poll here on campus will help us keep it open to accommodate our student voters! Please use the link below to volunteer!
As you sign up to volunteer remember two things:
- This is a PAID volunteer opportunity
- When you sign up to volunteer, volunteer to work the precinct here at Valdosta State University
VSU Polling Place Location:
UC Entrance #2
1215 N. Patterson St
Executive Dining Room
Registration forms and absentee ballots applications are available in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.