Email from President McKay Encouraging Penn State Students to Register to Vote

TO: University Park Undergraduate Students

FROM: Office of the UPUA President, on behalf of Zachary McKay

DATE: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

SUBJ: Message from the UPUA President: Have You Registered to Vote?

My friends,

The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is next Monday, October 19th—just less than a week from today.

To vote in the General Election on November 3rd, you must first register to vote. You can register to vote and check your registration status at rockthevote.organd you should do it right now.

Moreover, if you’re registered in Centre County, you can vote early at the Bryce Jordan Center from Oct. 14-17 and Oct. 21-24. To learn more about voting early at the BJC, or about voting by mail, head to

You can also help your friends get civically engaged prior to the General Election on November 3rd by joining the UPUA’s Motivote community at and sharing content posted on Instagram at @psuvotes!

If you’re having trouble with registering to vote, don’t worry! The UPUA and I are here to help you register and learn more about voting this year. Email any questions about voting to, send us a DM on Instagram, or stop by HUB 102 or our registration tables outside the HUB (weather permitting) to speak with someone in person.

This year, many of our voices joined together to call out broken systems, demand justice where it does not exist, and elevate needed changes in our country. To make these changes a reality, we—the students—need to vote.

As the great John Lewis once said, “Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.” It’s time we use our voices and make that more perfect union. I hope you’ll join me in that effort—on our campus, in our communities, and at the ballot box.

Finally, my name is Zachary McKay, and I serve as your UPUA Student Body President. I and your student government, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), care deeply about elevating your voice, whether to the administration, to our elected officials, or in our nation’s elections. I want you to have a say in your future. This is your chance—will you take it and vote?

To learn more about the UPUA and how we serve you, visit, or you can find us on Twitter at @UPUA and on Instagram at @upua_psu. If you ever need to talk to a fellow student about the resources that are available to you, related to voting or not, we’re always happy to help you.

P.S. — Best of luck to those engaged in exams! You’ve got this.

For The Glory,

Zachary McKay
UPUA Student Body President
Penn State ’21