Our Democracy in Action: An election season message from Dean Sarah M. Whiting

“Election Day lands on Tuesday, November 3 this year. Once again, Gund Hall will serve as a polling location; we will not hold reviews or exams that day to enable students to vote and work for polling stations across the country. I encourage each member of our community who is eligible to vote in United States elections to register (if you have not already) and to encourage your peers to do the same. Visit to verify state-by-state voter registration deadlines, request mail-in ballots, and learn about early voting options.

Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics has organized the Harvard Votes Challenge, a student-initiated, university-wide challenge to all 12 Harvard schools to increase voter registration and participation among eligible students.

This afternoon, we host Harvard University Professor Danielle Allen and MASS Design Group’s Founding Principal Michael Murphy in a conversation about the design of voting. Allen co-authored the American Academy of Arts and Science’s report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century.

Regardless of your political views, I urge you all to take this opportunity to begin or deepen your engagement in this election year’s conversations and process. As always, we have work to do.”