Voter Education


The vote has long been understood as a fundamental right, a basic freedom, and an expression of civic responsibility.

According to Rock the Vote In 2020, Millennials and Generation Z will comprise nearly 40% of American Voters. College students are highly encouraged to vote! Do not miss the opportunity of being adequately represented in our democracy.

Your Vote is Your Voice. Learn How to Use It!

We have compiled a list of tools and resources below to help you learn about the voting process, our country’s democracy, and civic responsibility . Keep scrolling to find information about, how to register to vote, upcoming election dates, and different ways to vote.

Civic engagement – The commitment of individuals, organizations, and communities to address social and political issues facing society. It is related to civic participation, but that term refers to a range of activities; as such, civic participation may be considered the manifestation of civic engagement. Civic engagement, a hallmark of democratic governance, ranges from involvement in political activities such as voting, to community involvement in neighborhood activities and the nonprofit sector, to membership in civic associations or clubs.

Registering to Vote

Check if you’re registered: Not sure if you’re registered to vote or want to make sure you’re registered at your current address? Check your voter registration status for Arizona and Other States

Ready to register? If you’re not registered or need to update your address, please find your state’s election office website for state-wide voting guidance. Some states allow online voter registration and others require a paper form mailed or delivered in person.

Arizona allows online voter registration, register here.

Arizona Registration Deadline: To be eligible for an election you must be registered or have the changes submitted no later than twenty-nine days prior to the election.

“When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other.”

– Loung Ung, human rights activist.

Upcoming Election Dates

If you are an out of state student planning on voting in your home state – please check your state’s board of elections website for any upcoming 2020 elections. If you are an Arizona (AZ) voter, or are planning to register as an AZ voter, the following information applies to you.

Primary Election
Election Day: Aug 4, 2020
Voter Registration Closes: July 6, 2020 for Primary Election
Last Day to Request an Early Ballot:  July 24, 2020 for Primary Election

General Election
Election Day: November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Closes: October 5, 2020 for General Election
Last Day to Request an Early Ballot:  October 23, 2020 for General Election

Primary Election– An election used either to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election.

General Election– A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level.

“If we don’t vote, we are ignoring history and giving away the future.”

– Pat Mitchell, businesswoman and producer

Voting in Cochise County

Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL): If you register for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) you will automatically receive an Early Voting Ballot for every election you are eligible to vote in. 67% of voters vote by mail. To sign up visit cochise.az.gov/recorder/forms

Early voting before Election Day

  • Request an Early Ballot. Voters who are not on PEVL may request an early ballot be mailed. Call (520) 432-8358.
  • Early ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day
  • Voters may vote early in person up until the Friday before an election at the Recorder’s Office.

At any vote center on Election Day

Vote centers are open on Election Day, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where are the vote centers? Find out at cochise.az.gov/elections or call (520) 432-8970

“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”

– John Lewis, civil rights leader/politician

Student Paid Fellowship

The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves and turn out at the polls. We teach administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders to use their institutional resources to engage students in federal, state and local elections.

Positions:
Sierra Vista Campus Engagement Fellow
Douglas Campus Engagement Fellow

Fellows will lead their campus with voter registration, voter education and voter engagement for the November 2020 election. Fellows should develop and implement a plan on remote voter engagement. Fellows should work with their campus administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders to help register and engage students in the election process. Fellows will receive orientation, training, support and guidance from CEEP. This position is for the fall 2020 collegiate semester.

Selection Process: Fellows must currently be enrolled in courses. They will be selected by campus SGA advisors and/or confirmed by CEEP staff.

Terms of Service: Aug. 17, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020

Payment: $1,000

Semester Hours: Approximately 100 hours. Hours worked will be divided as follows: 25 – 30 hours on direct activities; 25 – 30 hours on trainings, check-ins and monthly team meetings; and 40 – 50 hours on institutional projects.

Description: CEEP Fellows will be responsible for developing a plan to remotely engage students in voter registration, education and getting out the vote. Through this Fellowship you will work to communicate with the campus community on 2020 election efforts. This can be done through coordination with online courses or via social media. Nonpartisan engagement contributes skills that look good on a resume and are applicable to all job fields

Learn more about this opportunity and apply now by clicking on the image.

Application Deadline: August 25, 2020.

Note: In the application, under Campus Name please indicate Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus or Douglas Campus.

Candidates & Issues

It’s never too early to start preparing for the 2020 Presidential Elections! Elections take place on November 3, 2020. Visit Ballotpedia to find out information on presidential candidates from all parties.

Also, the Campus Engagement Election Project (CEEP) created “nonpartisan, state-specific guides to help navigate key positions”. These guides include links to statements from candidates in many states on some of the issues that matter most to the voting public.