USC Health Sciences Campus gets out the vote Photos by Alison Rainey and Rozi Demirtchian

In a first, the Health Sciences Campus played a crucial role in supporting democracy by hosting a five-day vote center at the Soto 1 building for the 2020 general election.

Community members, patients and staff were able to fulfill their civic duty

Either by submitting absentee ballots or voting in person from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3

384 in-person voters took advantage of the vote center.

As in previous years, patients also had the option to vote from their hospital bed. Several patients cast their ballot with the help of the Patient Experience team, lead by Kaitlin Alderete.

The vote center also offered free flu shots to the community

62 children and adults received their vaccine

Annette Gibson, director of ambulatory care for Keck Medicine of USC, was the driving force behind the initiative.

She said of the event, "Voting is your power to influence the future. There is power in every voice."