AACC is compiling resources for its member colleges to encourage students to participate in the coming elections in November.
Elections and Voting for Students
Below are links to organizations and resources that seek to increase voter registration and voting among students.
Campus Vote Project
Campus Vote Project (CVP) is a campaign of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN). The campaign is designed to provide college administrators and students with the tools they need to break down barriers to voting that disproportionately affect college students. The CVP toolkit includes a detailed set of reforms that administrators and students can select based on what is needed and achievable on particular campuses. FELN can provide research and election administration resources to help schools implement those reforms.
Some examples of the assistance CVP can provide:
- Online Voter Registration Tool: CVP is currently working with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers on a free online voter registration tool that schools can link to on pages that receive heavy student traffic.
- Student Voting Website: CVP can help schools develop a website with voting information that is particularly relevant to students.
- Voter Registration Drives: CVP can offer state-specific guides on election rules to help students who organize registration and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts. CVP can also translate those guides into trainings and webinars for volunteers.
- Getting Students Voter ID: In states that require voters to show an ID at the polls, CVP will work with schools to determine whether they can provide documents that students can use as voter ID. CVP will also help schools develop materials to publicize ID requirements so students will have the information they need to vote.
Rock the Vote
Founded twenty-one years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote has registered more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people in our country to participate in every election, with the goal of seizing the power of the youth vote to create political and social change.
Campus Election Engagement Project
The Campus Election Engagement Project helps campuses involve students in the election, working primarily through the state affiliates of Campus Compact and other partners like Youth Service America.
National Voter Registration Day
In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 25, 2012, volunteers, civic groups, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated ﬁeld, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities--allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who we could not reach otherwise.
Your Vote, Your Voice
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities has launched its 2012 Your Vote, Your Voice website to aid institutions in developing voter education, registration, and participation efforts on campuses. It includes state-by-state details on voter registration, news on election and voting issues, and the National Campus Voter Registration Project Organizing Handbook.
Community and Civic Engagement
The organizations below encourage greater civic participation among students to get involved in their communities.
The Democracy Commitment Engage the Election 2012 Webinar Series
The Engage the Election: 2012 webinar series is an opportunity for member institutions to learn more about the programs and resources available to them through TDC national partners. The hope is that TDC members will utilize presented offerings to reach out and better engage both students on campus and members of the community in the upcoming national election
The password to register is: TDCEngage2012
Don't Forget Ed
"Don't Forget Ed" is the College Board's galvanizing call to elevate the topic of education in the presidential campaign. The national, grassroots effort will provide students and others concerned about education a vehicle to press for education to be a priority during the political contest of 2012.
Founded in 2005, Nonprofit VOTE partners with America's nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. Nonprofit VOTE helps nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.
Mobilize.org believes that in order to create long-term, sustainable, and community-based solutions to the challenges facing our generation, Millennials (young adults born between the years 1976 and 1996) must authentically engage their peers in identifying problems, proposing solutions, and most importantly, must work together to implement these solutions on their campuses and in their communities.
Looking for a way to cut through the rhetoric and propaganda of election season? Public Agenda's new Citizens' Solutions Guides help voters grapple with some of our most critical issues, while also cutting through misleading spin, conflicting information, and voters' own wishful thinking. The guides provide the background necessary for understanding complex issues, in accessible language. They also help citizens weigh the real tradeoffs that emerge from some of the approaches endorsed by candidates from across the political spectrum. Voters can choose the solution that works for them and vote for the candidate that best matches their values.