Simpson's student-led voter engagement team at the Culver Public Policy Center has created this page to update students about voting and elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever, as our elected officials grapple with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, it's important to remain civically engaged and make our voices heard in the political process. Please be aware that since the vast majority of Simpson students have left campus, you should plan to update your voter registration and vote where you are currently living.
We encourage all students to sign up for our new SimpleTexting service to receive updates about voting and elections. To opt-in, simply text "SimpsonVotes" to 555-888.
While the Iowa Caucuses were already held on February 3 for the presidential race, Iowa also holds a primary election on June 2 for other federal, state, and county offices. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced that Absentee Ballot Request (ABR) forms for the Iowa Primary will be mailed in late April to every registered Iowa voter. As a result, students from Iowa should update their voter registration as soon as possible here so that your ABR form can be sent directly to your current residence instead of your campus address.
Out-of-State students who are living back in their home states may still have an opportunity to vote if their state's primary has not yet been held. Many states have postponed their primaries due to COVID-19. Visit this link, which details each state's updated election plan, in order to find information that is applicable for your state. Please plan to do so as soon as possible, as many states have primaries that are quickly approaching.
Updating your voter registration address is quick and easy using Simpson College's customized TurboVote website. Simply follow the prompts to get registered in your home state.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation and Campus Election and Engagement Project team is here to answer your questions and help you adapt your voting plan for these unprecedented times.
Stay healthy and safe, everyone!
Abby Schulte '20
Levi Lefebure '20
Elise Sturgeon '22
Kylie Doupnik '22