Political Engagement


Voting is one of the key ways that you can contribute to the democratic process. See our voting page for information on:

  • Registering to vote
  • Absentee voting
  • Polling locations
  • Elected officials

Political engagement spans broad range of activities where people form and express opinions on the world and how it is governed, and try to shape the decisions that affect their lives. The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is here to support students engaging with their local, national and international community to help create change.

Get Involved

Committee for Political Engagement

The Committee for Political Engagement (CPE), is a student-group convened by CCE to promote non-partisan engagement with domestic and international politics. Throughout the year, CPE provides the University community with opportunities for voter registration, issue education, conferences, and more. In coordinating these efforts, CPE works closely with College Democrats and College Republicans, as well as other campus organizations.

If you have questions about CPE or how it can help your organization's members become more active citizens, please contact us: CPE@rochester.edu.

Poll Workers

Poll workers are responsible for overseeing elections in Monroe County. Poll workers work in bi-partisan teams at polling sites across the county to ensure that voters are processed in a fair and efficient manner according to election law. Responsibilities include signing in voters, handing out ballots, assisting voters with disabilities, and explaining new voting technology.

Interested in being a poll worker? Contact Glenn Cerosaletti at glenn.cerosaletti@rochester.edu to learn more.

Other Opportunities

Our Beyond Election Day PDF is a great guide for concrete ways to engage politically outside of the voting booth.

Students interested in pursuing academic research and internships in local, state, or federal government are encouraged to contact faculty in their department or in the Department of Political Science. A number of study abroad programs are also available for students interested in research and internship opportunities abroad.

Other student organizations that encourage participation in local and national affairs through on- and off-campus programming include: