Vaccinations and Testing

Due to City of Philadelphia mandates, all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15, 2021. Individuals will be subject to regular testing until they are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final shot), including those with approved exemptions. Please see our College COVID-19 Updates for more information.

#CCP Votes

Why Vote?

  • You have the right to be heard and the power to vote during the election
  • Your vote matters because you are important and so are the needs of your family and friends
  • You can support solutions to the problems you see affecting your community
  • You can make sure your elected officials represent you
  • You can impact the direction of the entire country

What You Can Do

 Register to Vote

  • Students, register to vote by October 18, 2021, at StudentVote.org
  • Not a student or live outside of PA? Get started here.

Educate Yourself

The upcoming election is on Tuesday, November 2, 2021!

Volunteer or serve as a #CCPVotes Student Fellow

Get Out the VOTE on November 2, 2021 and Hashtag #CCPVOTES

The College will be closed on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, as a Day of Service for Community College of Philadelphia students, faculty and staff. No classes will take place on this day. Though classroom activity will be suspended on Nov. 2, we encourage all faculty, staff and students to actively participate in the electoral process on and leading up to Election Day.
  • Become an Election Workerpoll workers open voting machines at the beginning of the day, check voters into the polling place, support the functioning of the polling place, and close everything up at the end of the night. Sign up to be a poll worker.
  • Shuttle people to and from the pollsSome people don’t vote because they don’t have a car, are elderly or disabled and can’t drive themselves, or don’t have access to public transportation to get to their polling location. You can help!
  • Help get out the vote—if you'd like to support a candidate, get in touch with their local campaign office to see how you can help by posting signs, making calls or going door to door.

More Resources

Meet our 2021 #CCPVotes Student Fellows

https://youtu.be/ESmKJe4ewzw

View our Libguide

https://libguides.ccp.edu/philadelphiavoting

#CCPVotes Events

Vote Early, A New Civic Holiday! 

Wednesday, October 20, 11 a.m. | View the recording here

Vote Early Day was founded by MTV as a new civic holiday focused on helping every voter know how, where, and when they can vote early. Launched in the midst of a global pandemic, Vote Early Day became a critical resource to ensure no voter had to choose between their health and casting their ballot. In its first celebration, Vote Early Day attracted 134 premier partners and 2,700 general partners from every state in the nation. Over 3,000,000 voters cast their ballots on Vote Early Day alone.

On Wednesday, October 20 learn more about how to Get Out the Vote early before the November 2 election. We task you to vote by or before Saturday, October 23, on National Vote Early Day. Special guests from Committee of Seventy and Campus Vote Project will help us celebrate and share important resources for us to Get Out the Vote! 

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Previous Events

#CCPVotes Voter Registration Tabling on Campus

The last day to register to vote for the upcoming election is October 18, 2021! Find the #CCPVotes team at the Main Campus in front of the Bonnell Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get registered!

#CCPVotes Kick Off: "Philly Elections Count"

September 28, 2021, 11 a.m. | Join us on Zoom (Passcode: vote)

Sixty-percent of eligible voters are never asked to register. You don’t have that excuse. In this virtual session, you’ll learn about how to get more engaged with #CCPVotes, what’s at stake for the upcoming local election and have the opportunity to get registered if you’re not already! Join Your #CCPVotes team and special guests: 

  • Dr. Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Michelle Lopez, Manager, Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership 
  • Commissioner Omar Sabir, City of Philadelphia
  • Ahmad Mitchell, Campus Vote Project Democracy Mentor 
  • NextGen America, Philadelphia Representative

Netflix Watch Party, Patriot Act w/Hasan Minhaj

Tuesday, October 5,  12 – 1 p.m.

Join the #CCPVotes team on zoom as we host a watch party during lunch, of a unique comedy show that enhances learning around global news, politics and culture. Get together with your college family on for our first virtual gathering. Stay tuned for more show times this semester!

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Philly Elections Count, Electoral Kahoot! Game Night

Thursday, October 14, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Join us on Zoom  (Passcode: Vote)

So you think you know it all about elections and your government? Come test your electoral knowledge at the #CCPVotes Kahoots Virtual Trivia Party!  

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Octavius Catto's Journey to Voting Equity: Then and Now  

Watch a Recording of this Event

Learn about Catto’s most infamous legacy—the right to vote for all people. He was an educator and activist that was assassinated on Election Day 1871 as he urged government officials to protect the newly gained right for Black men to vote. Moderated by Dr. Aubria Nance, Associate Director of the Catto Scholarship, speakers included Dr. Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia; Dr. April Voltz, Executive Director, Catto Scholarship; Amy Cohen, Education Director, History Making Productions; and Otis Hackney, Chief Education Officer, City of Philadelphia.

Who's on Your Ballot?

Watch a recording of this event

Did you know there's an election in Philadelphia every six months? Are you prepared for Philadelphia's primary election on May 18, 2021? Watch this informative session with Committee of Seventy and City Commissioner Omar Sabir to learn who's on your ballot and why this election is important.

Speakers:

  • Omar Sabir, Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
  • David Thornburg, President and CEO, Committee of Seventy
  • Moderated by Mikecia Witherspoon, Government Relations Officer

A Beginner's Guide on How to Get Involved in Politics

April 6, 2021

The upcoming election on May 18, 2021 is local and has us thinking about how we can get involved in local politics ourselves. This session is a panel presentation on how you can begin getting involved in your government. Learn more about how others have started their journey and what opportunities there are to get involved in your city. 

Speakers:

  • Mia Velez, Philadelphia Youth Commission
  • Julian Domanico, Millennial Advisory Committee
  • Marc Meola, Assistant Professor, Library and Committee Person
  • Claire Galpern, One PA
  • Ahmad Mitchell, #CCPVotes Student Fellow and Co-moderator
  • Heather Sizemore, #CCPVotes Student Fellow and Co-moderator

How to Have Civil Discourse about Our Past, Present and Future

April 12, 2021

In this session, faculty and students learn how to have civil discourse in the classroom. Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, founder of the Civics Beyond the Classroom workshop series, will teach us how to engage in conversation about the state of our country. Judge Rufe will go over the practice of respectful dialogue to enhance the understanding of an issue. Participants will be informed of the distinction between partisanship and nonpartisanship. Finally, resources will be shared to help faculty and students practice these conversations. Students and faculty will then have the opportunity to break out into groups to practice the rules and conversation of civil discourse.

Speakers:

  • Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of PA
  • Rachael Houston, Faculty Resources Coordinator, Campus Election Engagement Project 
  • Liz Canapary, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Ahmad Mitchell, Campus Vote Project Democracy Mentor
  • Moderated by Michelle Lopez, Manager, Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership

Virtual Watch Parties 

Join the #CCPVotes team for a Lunch and Learn series, where we will virtually get together and watch Will Smith’s new Netflix series “Amend,” while we chat live over Zoom. 

“Philly D.A.” — PBS Docuseries featuring Larry Krasner

Join the #CCPVotes team for a screening of this new series.

Voter Engagement Podcast

Listen to the new podcast from the Student Voting Network, hosted by the College’s very own Benjamin Nixon, former Campus Vote Project Democracy mentor.