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Held annually during the last week of September, Voting Week offers our community a unique opportunity to engage with fascinating and dynamic speakers from a wide range of backgrounds. 


Voting Week began as the idea of former Columbia Political Union president David Kang '15. Kang envisioned a weeklong celebration of civic engagement on campus to drum up voter registration and political awareness at Columbia.

In the years since, Voting Week has offered the Columbia community perspectives from a vast range of backgrounds to discuss democracy around the world, civic engagement in the United States, and issues around voting. During the week, student volunteers help members of the community file for absentee ballots and register to vote. 

Voting Week has been proud to host speakers including Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Barham Salih, and many other distinguished guests. Voting Week has also successfully registered hundreds of students to vote in their home districts. 

Our Partners

The Voting Week Co-Chairs, along with Columbia Political Union and Student Engagement, work closely in partnership to organize and support Voting Week. We are also incredibly grateful to our partners on and off campus, who make Voting Week a success.

2020 Student Team

  • Alex Siegal, Voting Week Co-Chair
  • Jillian Harrison, Voting Week Co-Chair
  • Parker Watts, Voting Week Co-Chair


Register to vote! It's fast, easy, and free.

Register to vote, and file for your absentee ballot, right now with Columbia TurboVote. The process is quick and easy!

Questions or concerns? Get answers with this great guide from Columbia's Office of Government and Community Affairs.

Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.