Hobart and William Smith are heading into Election Day as the No. 1 campus nationally for registered student voters among all colleges and universities using TurboVote’s registration system.
Since the beginning of 2016, more than 950 students — or about 41 percent of the total HWS student population — have registered to vote. As the top school, the Colleges ranked ahead of Harvard University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College and University of Notre Dame. In 2014, HWS was named TurboVote’s “Top Campus of all Time” based on the percentage of students who signed up to vote.
Throughout the election season, the student-run organization HWS Votes, led by Josh Weinstein ’17 and Rotimi Adeoye ’18, maintained high levels of campus engagement, helping more than 750 students get absentee ballots and about 200 more to register in Geneva. Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Jeremy Wattles, who serves as the club’s adviser, has been instrumental in guiding the club’s “get out the vote” efforts.
In light of the Presidential Election, HWS Votes is hosting an Election Night Watch Party at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The event will include food and live coverage of the election.
Voting in Geneva
While the majority of students will vote by absentee, those students who are registered to vote in Ontario County can find their polling location address on the county’s website. The polling location for many HWS students is the Geneva Presbyterian Church on Pulteney Street. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact CCESL at 315-781-3825.