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Introducing Kansas Voter Registration Day - Tuesday April 14, 2020

In today’s unprecedented world of adapting to different learning methods, staying at home, and discovering creative ways to interact with friends and family, we are also challenged to remain active members in our communities. On Tuesday, April 14th, we have the opportunity to celebrate a holiday that will bring all Kansans together: Kansas Voter Registration Day (KVRD). This initiative, launched by students from K-State and our fellow Kansas Board of Regents institutions, reminds us that civic engagement does not take a day off-- even when we are faced with public health and other emergencies.

Kansas Voter Registration Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday of April every year, and this year, we are kicking off the first-ever KVRD celebration in ways previously unimagined. Inspired by the better-known National Voter Registration Day, held annually in late September, there lies a need for a mid-year reminder that voting and civic engagement is not solely a focus during the fall. Instead, we must exercise citizenship in our communities all year long, including on our campuses and hometowns, states, and countries. Regardless of political perspectives, now is a pivotal time to prepare for upcoming elections.

To prepare for our future, we must be active participants. On this Kansas Voter Registration Day, we ask you to go to ksvotes.org to register to vote, update your information, and/or check your registration. Furthermore, we ask you to share a reason why voting, voter registration, and civic engagement is important to you. Feel free to share on your social media accounts and use the hashtag #KansasVoterRegistrationDay or #KVRD to make your voice heard. Though we may be physically apart, nobody is alone in our Wildcat community, especially now. Go register to vote, encourage your peers to do the same, and celebrate the first-ever Kansas Voter Registration Day with us!

Hayley Spellman, President, Wildcats Vote

COVID-19 Related Changes

ICDD Temporary Office Closure Due to COVID-19, Kansas State University plans limited operations status through the end of the semester, based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. If you need to contact the Institute for Civic Discourse and Demoracy, please email icdd@ksu.edu.  We will respond promptly to that email.

2020 Community Engagement Opportunities Fair POSTPONED - To be rescheduled following University guidance

2020 Community Engagement Symposium - Student Success and the Public Good  March 23-24 event has been rescheduled ONLINE opening April 15