University of Central Florida students, employees, and community members will have the opportunity to cast their ballots at a new, convenient location ahead of the general election: the Live Oak Center on the main campus (by Garage B).
The UCF Student Government Association, in partnership with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, established the voting center to run from Monday, October 22 through Sunday, November 4, before the general election on November 6.
“Engaging in our democracy is critical to becoming an educated, impactful citizen. Removing barriers for our students and staff is the right thing to do,” said UCF President Dale Whittaker on the campus voting center.
Registered voters in Orange County may cast their ballot. You can check your voter status here.
The Live Oak Event Center, at Ferrell Commons near Garage B, will be open for 14 days of early voting from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., UCF said, and parking spaces will be set aside and marked with signage in Garage B, which is across Gemini Boulevard from the Recreation and Wellness Center.
In July, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled that a 2014 state-imposed ban of on-campus early voting sites was unconstitutional. Walker made a scathing decision against what appeared to be a measure to stop younger voters from casting ballots.
“Our right to vote is the most powerful tool we have to shape our collective future,” SGA President Josh Boloña said.
“The Student Government Association seeks to bring awareness and place special emphasis on the importance of voting. The goal of our “Charge Your Vote” campaign is to engage all UCF students, faculty and staff in the civic and electoral process.”