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The Law School has determined that it will be implementing a new policy of not holding classes on Election Day in even numbered years (those in which major elections are held). Whatever one’s partisan affiliation, elections are at the heart of democracy and as a law school, we have a particular interest in promoting participation in civic life by our students. While the need for poll workers is particularly acute this year because many older poll workers are unable to serve because of the pandemic, in general engagement in support of the election process is something to be encouraged. Dozens of our students are already participating this year in volunteer efforts with the nonpartisan Healthy Elections project, https://healthyelections.org, a joint Stanford-MIT project lead by our own Prof. Nate Persily. Student organizations may help link students with other volunteer opportunities. And of course, students of various political viewpoints are also volunteering in support of particular candidates.
In future years, we will schedule in advance a makeup day later in the term as with other holidays (an administrative Tuesday, like the administrative Mondays that sometimes appear in the calendar), but this year, given the nature of online/hybrid classes, we will leave it up to individual faculty to schedule makeup classes.