But in early November 2020, the virus still was raging. Classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls were empty. Most classes were offered online.
Nathalie Wagler, an environmental science student at Western Washington University, said the university resembled a ghost town. Nevertheless, students and the public turned to the campus to register, print out their ballots and turn them in on Election Day.
“We ended up helping about 80 people that day,” said Wagler, who helped set up Western’s Student Engagement Hub. “I think it turned out wonderfully, and we were really happy with it.”