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Election Day at Stanford

The Stanford community took to the polls Tuesday – Democracy Day – to exercise their democratic rights by casting ballots in the 2022 midterm election.

Thousands of Stanford students, faculty, staff, and other community members cast their ballots Tuesday for the midterm election. Democracy Day – as Nov. 8 is known at Stanford – is a university holiday; no classes are held and the community is encouraged to participate in civic activities and events on campus.

While many voted via absentee ballots, voters registered in Santa Clara County lined up at the Oak Lounge at Tresidder Union to cast their votes in person. In the dining halls, students participated in Dine & Dialogues with faculty to discuss building a culture of citizenship at Stanford. The “All Vote No Play” event hosted by the and Stanford Athletics convened a panel of student-athlete leaders to discuss civic engagement. Many attended the “Party at the Polls” and an election night watch party. Guest speakers included U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper, as well as former U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who engaged in a keynote conversation with Adam Bonica, associate professor of political science, about Yang’s journey into public service.

University photographer Andrew Brodhead captured the action at the polls.