Royals Vote

The University helps guide students through the election season, partly through the Royals Vote initiative.

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For many University of Scranton students, this was their first election as eligible voters. In the months leading up to the election, faculty, staff and students worked diligently to ensure that all members of the campus community were election-ready through the campus-wide Royals Vote initiative.

To prepare students to vote in the election, the Office of Community Relations and Scranton Student Government partnered throughout the fall semester to provide voter education along with opportunities for University students to get answers to any of their questions surrounding voting in the election, including through Voter Q&A Drop-In Zoom Sessions and “Voting 101” sessions during First Year Seminar classes. 

"To deal with these feelings of uncertainty and pressure and to have more confidence, I decided to try to educate myself before going to the polls."
- Rebeca Chieffallo '21

Another key piece of preparation on campus was to ensure that the campus community was able to come together in solidarity to both prepare for the election and to find ways to keep the community engaged as citizens on Election Day and beyond. The Office of Campus Ministries organized “An Ignatian Examen for Civic Life” released on Nov. 2.

On Election Day, the Division of Student Life and Student Government celebrated campus voters by offering “I Voted” and “First Time Voter” stickers. Students also participated in a social media campaign “Vote Today! Continue to be an Active Citizen Tomorrow!” to share their next steps as citizens now that they cast their ballot. Students were asked to consider one thing to commit to doing to heal the community after this election no matter the outcome and to identify one way that they can continue to care for their neighbor and advocate for the common good. Students could then post responses with #RoyalsVote2020 to social media.

As a part of the University’s post-election activities, the Office of Community and Government Relations, Student Government, and the Political Science Department collaborated to offer “Election 2020: Analysis and Q&A with the Political Science Department.”

As a first time voter, Rebeca Chieffallo '21 educated herself before election day.


"To deal with these feelings of uncertainty and pressure and to have more confidence, I decided to try to educate myself before going to the polls," she wrote. "I learned that it’s not a matter of party affiliation, more so learning about the issues that are most important to you and have the biggest impact on your life. I felt that I needed to learn more about politics. Doing so helped me make better-informed decisions — during any election — as a voter."

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