Students gather to watch results of historic election

The UC Santa Cruz community, along with the rest of the United States, are casting ballots in an election that will decide the fate of local measures and select the next U.S. president.

Students are able to vote on campus, and several viewing parties have been organized so that they can be together as the votes are tallied.

"Many of the social and political issues that students care about are on the ballot and this election is high stakes thus producing high-stress feelings for many," Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success Pablo Reguerin said. "We encourage students to come together, in community, to watch and participate/support this historic election.

"This is an important time to come together, dialogue and peacefully engage in the many complex issues before us. Practice and encourage others to practice self-care throughout this process."

Six campus polling stations will be open on Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All will accept mail-in ballots. In addition, people may deposit their completed ballot in a new Official Ballot Drop Box that has been installed in Quarry Plaza in front of Bay Tree Bookstore.

Students will get together at the following places to watch the results:

  • College Nine and College Ten Rec Lounge, 5 p.m.–late
  • Stevenson Event Center, 6–10 p.m.
  • Porter Hitchcock Lounge, 8 p.m.–midnight
  • Oakes Guzman Room, 8 p.m.–midnight

Counseling and Psychological Services is available to assist students feeling anxious about the election or results.