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Civic Engagement & Voting

What is civic engagement?

While voting is an aspect of civic engagement, it is not the only thing you can do. Civic engagement is how we involve ourselves in a community and society. These actions can range from volunteering to register people to vote to developing a community garden.


ETSU has a variety of ways in which students, faculty, and staff can aid their community and practice civic engagement. 

How can I stay informed?

Informed voters are familiar with the candidates running for office and their stance on the issues. Opinions on issues are typically communicated to the public through campaigning; whether it is through advertisements, speeches, debates, or social media. The communication of this information is referred to as political rhetoric.

It is important to fact check the information presented. If it seems too strange to be true, it could be satire or fake news. 

For an in-depth look at how to be an informed voter and other resources you can read the American Association of State Colleges and University's (AASCU) Guide to Informed Voting.

If you would like to know more about the issues, Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great start. They pull from a variety of sources to provide summaries of a number of issues. 


Be sure to Fact Check information.

How to Spot Fake News IFLA

Am I registered to vote?

How do I vote away from home?

If you are a college student you can register either as a college resident or in your home town. You can only be registered to vote in one place, so make sure to update your registration. 

If you are registered to vote in your hometown and would like to request an absentee ballot while in college you can! Usually the deadline to request an absentee ballot is well before the election takes place.

Fact Checking Resources