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Civic Engagement

Political Engagement

Political engagement means playing an active role in your community (locally, nationally, or internationally) by being involved in the democratic process, participating in public life, and collaborating with community organizations to solve community problems.

Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) convenes the Committee for Political Engagement and advises student organizations with a political focus, including the College Democrats and the College Republicans. We also serve as a resource for other student organizations planning activities with a political focus, such as awareness groups, fraternities, and sororities. 

Voter Registration Drives

Voting is one of the key ways that you can contribute to the democratic process. RCCL partners with the Rochester chapter of the League of Women Voters to get students registered to vote and out to the polls.

Students can choose to register to vote using their University address, which allows them to vote here on campus at the Saunders Research building. Alternately, they can register with their home address and request an absentee ballot, which RCCL will mail free of charge. 

See the voter registration guide for information on how to register. You can also see the 2016 University of Rochester NSLVE data for our voting rates.

Elected Officials

Below is some useful information about elected officials for students looking to register in Rochester.

City of Rochester officials:

  • Mayor's Office: The Mayor’s Office is responsible for the administration of all city affairs, including:
    • Approving local laws and ordinances
    • Enforcing laws
    • Appointing department heads and members of certain boards and commissions
    • City Council: The council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending for the City of Rochester. They are also responsible for the regulation of land use, including zoning laws. Council members will often propose new programs at the suggestion of city residents.
    • Rochester City School Board: The Rochester Board of Education is a seven-member board elected by the citizens of Rochester to direct and oversee the operations of the school district.

Monroe County officials:

New York State Legislature:

For general information on the branches of government in New York State, check out the New York State Senate's website.

United States Congress: