Purdue assists quarantined and isolated students in voting in 2020 election

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue students in quarantine or isolation space were able to vote in the 2020 election thanks to efforts by the university and the Tippecanoe County Clerk. Purdue University Fire Chief Kevin Ply was named a “traveling board” by the clerk’s office and facilitated the collection of votes from students in both on- and off-campus locations. The ballots were then taken to election officials.

A survey was sent to all isolated or quarantined students under the care of the Protect Purdue Health Center to provide information about voting and to determine if they were registered to vote in Tippecanoe County and wanted to vote. Ply delivered ballots to those who qualified.

As a national spokesperson for the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels made a video message to encourage young people, specifically college students, to get out and vote during the final days leading up to the 2020 election. By signing the ALL IN pledge, Purdue has committed to ensuring all eligible students are able to register to vote and cast informed ballots in the 2020 general election and beyond.

Purdue also joins fellow Big Ten members in the Big Ten Voting Challenge.

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