November 2, 2020

Be Sure to Vote

Tomorrow, November 3, is the last day for voting in the 2020 elections. If you have not already done so, be sure to cast your ballot and make your voice heard.

This election is one of the most consequential of our time, but it involves much more than choosing our national and local leaders. There are issues on the ballot that affect each one of us here at UCI. All the propositions and candidates on the ballot deserve your careful consideration. 

There is an official Orange County voting center in the UCI Student Center, making voting easy and accessible to those living or working on or near campus. All official vote centers, like the one in the Student Center, will be open until 8:00 p.m. today and from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow. If you are in line waiting to vote at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, the center will stay open until you have voted. If you are not near campus, you can vote in-person at any official voting center location.

You can also drop off your completed ballot at the official Orange County Registrar of Voters ballot drop box near the bicycle shop on West Peltason Drive between Campus Drive and Pereira Drive, or at any other official ballot drop box. Again, you must cast your vote by 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, November 3.

Voting is the fount from which all our other rights flow. It is as a free and democratic people that we choose our leaders and set the direction of our nation. As citizens there is no more important responsibility we accept and no more important right we enjoy than exercising our precious ability to determine our own future. 

Although there is far more that unites us than divides us as Americans, elections, all elections, highlight our differences. It is my hope that after the election, no matter the result, each of us will embrace our culture of respect by the reasoned discussion of ideas and seeking understanding across difference.

Every vote counts! Join me in voting on November 3.

Fiat Lux.

Chancellor Howard Gillman