A “one-stop shop” coming to Grand Valley’s Allendale Campus will allow students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and vote in person ahead of Election Day.
The satellite Allendale Township Clerk’s office will be in Kirkhof Center beginning October 13 and through November 3.
Services offered by the satellite clerk’s office include:
- Register to vote for the first time
- Re-register with an Allendale address, if a student is already registered elsewhere
- Request an absentee ballot
- Vote and submit absentee ballot, in person
Students who live in on-campus or off-campus housing in Allendale will be able to utilize the satellite clerk’s office, with the exception of students who live in Campus View, Grand Valley Apartments, or the South Living Centers.
If a student is registering or re-registering to vote with an Allendale address, they must bring proof of residency.
Students who live in areas south of Pierce Street can go to the Georgetown Township Offices at 1515 Baldwin St. in Jenison to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and vote.
Students from out-of-state should refer to their home state’s Secretary of State website for more information about how to register and vote.
Ottawa County has early voting until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. Vote-by-mail has also begun. Voters can return their ballot by mailing it in or by dropping it off at their local clerk’s office.
This satellite clerk’s office comes out of a partnership between the Office of Student Life Community Service Learning Center, GVSU Student Senate and Allendale Township and is part of a broader effort to increase student voting.
GVSU’s student voting initiative is in alignment with the All-In Campus Democracy Challenge's Presidential Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation, which GVSU President Philomena V. Mantella signed.
For more information about community and democratic engagement at GVSU, visit gvsu.edu/service.