Each jurisdiction will have specific local and state election laws that are important to understand as you work to bring a voting site to your campus. You can find out more about voting in your state here.  You must first ask yourself: 

  • What type of voting site am I seeking for my campus (see Step 1)?
  • Am I seeking an additional new voting site or the relocation of an existing voting site?
  • Am I seeking to move an off-campus voting site to an on-campus one?
  • Am I seeking to add an additional option for local voters?
  • Is my campus and surrounding area home to enough voters to justify creating a new voting site or moving an existing one?

Generally, a jurisdiction can add additional early voting sites, as long as they have the budget for them. If your student population is quite large, you may need multiple precincts and voting sites to accommodate the demand. You should definitely check your state/district laws for guidance on if there is a maximum or minimum number of people and/or registered voters that may be located in a single precinct/voting site. 

Adding an Election Day Polling Place 

  • Creating a new polling place for Election Day voting requires redrawing precinct boundaries and may even require approval from state or local elected officials, such as a city council or state legislature, beyond just local election officials.

Relocating a Voting Site

  • If you are relocating an existing voting site, consider the larger impacts of that on your local community. Consider and plan for how non-students also served by that voting site can still access it. 

For federal guidance, you can review “Polling Place and Vote Center Management” from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, but remember to always confirm the specific rules for your local jurisdiction as well.