What is Civic Engagement?
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. - Excerpts from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000. - Preface, page vi
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UPCOMING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
Presented by the Women's Center & UGBC
Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. | Maloney Hall, Room 441
National Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Register to Vote at Tables across campus
Political Party Information
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Do you need to register to vote?
We have partnered with TurboVote to provide you with the information and materials you need to vote in every election from local to presidential.
TurboVote allows you to easily register to vote online, verify or update your voter registration, request an absentee ballot form by mail, and sign up for text and/or email election reminders. You can learn more about this service by visiting TurboVote here.
Note: You can only be registered at one address at a time
Important Deadlines and Information
- Every state has a different voter registration deadline. Find your states voter registration deadline here. The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts is August 19th for the Primary and October 19th for the General Election
- Uncertain whether or not you have registered before? Verify your voter registration status here
- Abroad? Request an absentee ballot here.
- Newton Local Election Dates: Preliminary Election is Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — Local Election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017
- Boston Municipal Preliminary Election: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017
- Don't forget about UGBC campus elections take place in the Spring!
Where do I vote?
1) If you live on Chestnut Hill Campus and are registered with your on-campus address on the Newton side of campus your voting location is:
Ward Elementary School
10 Dolphin Road
Newton MA 02459
2) If you live on Chestnut Hill Campus and are registered with your on-campus address on the Boston side of campus your voting location is:
Alexander Hamilton School
198 Strathmore Road
Brighton, MA 02135
3) If you live on Newton Campus and are registered with your on-campus address your voting location is:
Cabot Park Village
280 Newtonville Avenue
Newton, MA 02460
(Transportation between Boston College and the polling place is often provided on Election Day. More information will be available as Election Day approaches.)
3) If you are registered with your off-campus address find your voting location here.
** The first time that you go to vote with your BC address, you should bring the form of identification that proves your Massachusetts residency.
Examples of acceptable identification include: a driver's license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any other printed identification which contains the voter's name and address.
- The first time the formal term "The United States of America" was used was in the Declaration of Independence.
- George Washington never lived in the White House. The capital was actually located in Philadelphia and other cities when Washington was president. He is also the only president who didn't represent a political party.
- From 1804 to 1865 there were no amendments added to the Constitution until the end of the Civil War when the thirteenth amendment was added that abolished slavery. This was the longest period in American history in which there were no changes.
- In 1971 the 26th amendment set the minimum voting age at 18.
Did you know that many fellow Eagles are involved in politics? To name a few...
- Linda Dorcena Forry (BC) '96) MA State Senator
- James Eldridge (BC Law '00) MA State Senator
- Deb Goldberg (BC Law '83) Treasurer of Massachusets
- John Kerry (BC Law '76), Former US Secretary of State
- Liz Malia (BC '71), MA House of Representatives
- Ed Markey ('68 , BC Law '72), U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
- Tip O'Neill ('36), former Speaker of the House of Representatives
- Susan Tracy ('82), President of The Strategy Group; former State Rep: Allston & Brighton
- Marty Walsh ('09), Mayor of Boston
- Setti Warren ('93), Mayor of Newton