Voter Registration &
Civic Engagement

Voting is one of the most powerful ways one can stay civically engaged and exert influence in policy decisions. Join ASI Student Government in our efforts to register more students to vote than any other public or private university in California. Be a part of the future and “Flex your Right” in local, state, and federal level Elections.

Background

Cal Poly students are residents of San Luis Obispo and have a vital voice in the local decision-making process. Flex Your Right is ASI Student Government’s annual voter registration campaign providing students the opportunity to register to vote using their local San Luis Obispo address.

During fall quarter 2018, Cal Poly suffered a tragic loss. Jordan Grant, a first-year computer science major, passed away in an accident before he was ever able to vote — an act he was especially excited to participate in. To honor him, Student Government has dedicated this year’s Flex Your Right campaign to Jordan and his legacy.

ASI President Mark Borges meeting with the family of Jordan

Renters' Rights

Renters’ Rights is a virtual campaign that provides information to students regarding their rights as a resident in San Luis Obispo County. Student Government provides students with various online pamphlets describing specific rights they have when it comes to security deposits, evictions, how to approach broken appliances, living condition expectations, and the responsibilities of landlords.

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2020 Census

Participation in the 2020 census is critical to help distribute federal funding over the next ten years to areas that impact college students such as school safety, the Federal Pell Grant Program, mental health services, and student wellness programs, just to name a few.

Cal Poly students living off-campus can complete the census online, over the phone, or using the paper questionnaire mailed to them. For students who resided in on-campus housing or are still living on campus, a representative from the university will work with the Census Bureau to ensure you are counted. Students should have received communications regarding this and should contact University Housing for questions.

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General Election Voter Information

Being a civically engaged and informed student is vital for our communities to thrive at the local, state, and national level. Prior to the 2020 General Election, take a moment ensure you are registered to vote, check your voter status, find your polling location, and more.

Please note, students that live on campus and register with a campus address are not eligible to vote in city of San Luis Obispo elections. On campus residents are eligible to vote in San Luis Obispo county elections and ballot measures.

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Get Involved

Even if you are unable to register to vote, there are still ways to exert your influence by attending public meetings, speaking at open forums, petitioning, grassroots organizing efforts, or attending a civic engagement event hosted by ASI Student Government. For more information regarding your rights to vote, visit the California Secretary of State website.

Contact Information

Lindsey Lee

Coordinator - Government Affairs