Are you registered to vote? If so, do you know who you’ll choose when you step into the booth?

"Presidential elections are one of the most exciting times in American political life," explains Suffolk government professor Rachael Cobb. "But for new voters it can also be daunting, because it's often hard to sort through so much information. Public spaces for civic discourse and discovery offer the community a place to come together, share ideas, and learn about the key issues and central debates that animate American political life."

For some, election season means weighing the candidates’ merits to see whose policies they prefer. Other have their minds made up already, but don’t want to miss out on all the exciting political theatre of a national election. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, Suffolk’s Election Series 2012 events will keep you informed and entertained!

Election Series Events

Polls from the Political Research Center

Suffolk’s polls track both national and local races – check out the latest headline-making data from the Political Research Center.

Register to Vote

S.O.U.L.S. will help you register in Massachusetts or in your home state. Stop by any Tuesday between now and November 6, 11am – 4pm in the Sawyer and Donahue Lobbies. Can’t make it then? Visit the Government Department on the 10th floor of 73 Tremont or the S.O.U.L.S. office in Donahue 209 to pick up a registration form!

Live Debate Screenings at the Modern Theatre

Watch the debates streamed live on the Modern’s big screen after discussing the campaigns with Suffolk’s political communication experts:

•First presidential debate on October 3
•Vice-presidential debate on October 11
•Second presidential debate on October 16
•Final presidential debate on October 22

More Special Events

•October 9: Election 2012: Taking Sides: Be there as Economics professors David Tuerck and Jonathan Haughton square off in support of Romney and Obama
•October 10: Watch The Manchurian Candidate (1962) on the Modern’s big screen
•October 10: Debating the Filibuster
•October 17: Is Your Right to Vote Under Attack? A panel discussion moderated by WBUR's Deborah Becker
•October 24: Why do Swing States Matter? With Michael Dukakis, Peter Blute & Suffolk Pollster David Paleologos
•October 24: Behind the Curtain: A Curious Look at Campaigns 2012: Presented as part of the Open Minds Series with MassINC
•November 1: Death with Dignity, or Dangerous and Discriminatory? A roundtable discussion with experts on both sides of the issue, presented by The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service.

Events with Distinguished Visiting Scholar Rogers Smith

•October 30: “Barack Obama and America’s Polarized Politics”
•November 1: “The Constitution and Equal Citizenship in the 21st Century”

Get out the Vote

Here are some tools to help:

•Votizen: Connects your social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Groups) allowing you to persuade your friends to register to vote and support your favorite candidates.
•iSideWith: Unsure of which candidate deserves your vote? Take the quiz to find out which candidate's value are closest to your, and where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to you!

Stay Connected

Keep up with the Suffolk Election Series by following us on social media:

•Facebook: Suffolk GOTV
•Twitter: @SuffolkGOTV
•Instagram: SuffolkGOTV
For more information, please contact Emily Fritz-Endres at or 617.573.8570.