It’s Time to Register to Vote and Complete the Census

Campus Update

Chancellor Block sent the following message to the UCLA campus community.

Dear Bruin Community:

This is undoubtedly a momentous time in our history, as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, our country struggles to address persistent racial injustice and we stand on the cusp of immensely consequential U.S. elections just two months away.

One of the best ways to make your voice heard on the issues affecting our state and nation is by voting in the upcoming local and national elections. I write to urge every Bruin who is eligible to vote to do so on or before Election Day, November 3. California voters can register to vote online or by mail by October 19. Those on or near campus can visit UCLA vote centers for safe, early in-person voting or ballot drop-off.

The fall ballot is notable in that voters will be choosing the president of the United States, but it also includes several important California ballot measures and local races that I encourage you to learn about.

For those registering to vote outside of California, BruinsVote and the University of California provide helpful information about voter registration in any part of the U.S.

In addition to voting, I encourage you to take part in the 2020 U.S. Census by September 30 if you have not already done so. The census ensures that our community receives fair representation in Congress as well as adequate federal support for student loans, investment in higher education, affordable housing resources and more.

UCLA is an institution that values the advancement of ideas, dialogue and knowledge, and it is a place where we welcome many diverse viewpoints. In any election year, tensions can be heightened between those with differing political views, and this year in particular will test our community. We should recommit ourselves to compassionate, respectful discourse and actions that promote greater understanding. I hope Bruins near and far will remember to set an example and embody our True Bruin values as we head into this important election season.

Sincerely,

  • Gene D. BlockChancellor