News from the Dean of Students Office

Election Events and Information
11 / 04 / 2016


Chapter 97 of the Florida Statutes governs the qualifications and registration of voters in the state of Florida. To be eligible to register and vote in Alachua County, Florida, you must be

  •     18 years of age (A person may pre-register on or after their 16th birthday, but must be 18 to vote.)
  •     a citizen of the United States
  •     a legal resident of Florida
  •     a legal resident of Alachua County


The Reitz Union is a voting location for Precinct 31 students who live on campus.


The University of Florida, in collaboration with the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassadors and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, will offer free transportation to the polls on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shuttles will provide roundtrip transportation for UF students from the J. Wayne Reitz Union Breezeway to the early voting polling site at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 515 N Main Street. In addition to the free shuttle service, pizza, activities and giveaways will be available for participants to enjoy while they wait. For more information, call the Bob Graham Center at 352-846-1575.


Monday, October 31 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Reitz Union Breezeway

  • PB&J Service Drive with the Gainesville City Commission. PB&J sandwiches were made and given to give to local homeless shelters while students had the opportunity to meet with local officials.

Tuesday, November 1 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium

  • Student Government Panel on Preeminence & State of the Campus (Doors open at 5:30)

Thursday, November 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Reitz Union North Lawn Entrance

  • Civic Engagement Fair and Meet the Candidates: Students will have the opportunity to talk to student organizations that are civically engaged and meet with candidates running for office to represent UF and Gainesville at the local state and federal levels. 

Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Flavet Field

  • SGP will present All American Rejects for a Get Out & Vote Concert.

Tuesday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. at the Orange and Brew in the Reitz Union

  • Looking for a place to watch  the election results?  Come by the WingZone at the Orange & Brew in the Reitz Union from 8 p.m. to midnight to view live coverage on 15 TV screens.  Hosted by the Reitz Union and Student Activities and Involvement

Monday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Pugh Hall

  • Two of Florida's most prominent political commentators, Susan MacManus and Dan Smith, will discuss the results and implications of the 2016 elections at the Bob Graham Center on Monday, November 14 at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall. Dr. Susan MacManus, Florida’s most-quoted political scientist, is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of South Florida in the Department of Government and International Affairs. Since 2008, she has been a featured columnist on—a widely-read Florida-based political website. MacManus has appeared as a panelist on WFLA TV’s Road to the White House program which was nominated for a Suncoast Emmy award in 2008. Aside from authoring numerous books, she has also appeared on every major cable television and radio network and has been interviewed by several major newspapers in Florida, the U.S., and abroad. Dr. Daniel Smith is a University of Florida Research Foundation (2010-2012) Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He is fundamentally interested in how political institutions affect political behavior across the United States. He has published more than forty scholarly articles and numerous books on the politics and process of direct democracy in the U.S.