Young people make up a large portion of eligible voters and can enact change in their communities but many don’t register or cast a ballot.
CVP has developed state-specific guides to help students understand how to register and cast a ballot in their school or home community.
The CVP Blog keeps you up-to-date on the latest election-related information and provides insight on how to best engage with students, campus administrators and election officials.
Will voting in my college community affect my federal financial aid? Does being an in-state or out-of-state student for tuition purposes affect my right to vote? Get answers to some common questions from students.
About Campus Vote Project
In 2012, Fair Elections Center (formerly Fair Elections Legal Network) launched Campus Vote Project (CVP) to focus and expand its work around student voting issues. CVP works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Our goal is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.
College students face special challenges when attempting to register and vote in their college communities. They lack information about voter registration rules and deadlines, do not have acceptable ID for voter registration or voting purposes, are confused about where to vote, may not have transportation to the polls, and occasionally are confronted by unfriendly or unsympathetic elections officials or poll workers. In 2011 the situation got worse when state legislatures around the country pursued new laws that sought to limit access to the polls, with particularly damaging effects for student voters. Campus Vote Project seeks to address these challenges well in advance of Election Day to pave the way for successful student voter turnout in 2015 and 2016.
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