Reviews are in: CVP Empowered by Empower Mint Ice Cream

At Campus Vote Project (CVP), we strive to help young citizens understand how and why they should be engaged in the democratic process. Whether you’re at a football powerhouse or a liberal arts school; in the Northwest or Southeast; from a long line of voters or first in the family, we want to show you and your friends know why there’s nothing more important than voting. Now, along with the CVP voting guides, webinars, and on-the-ground events, our friends at Ben & Jerry’s added one more ingredient to our GOTV-repertoire. Ice cream. And not just any ice cream, but democracy ice cream. It’s called Empower Mint (get it?). The CVP staff taste-tested the flavor for your benefit, and the reviews are in. Erica 9/10 Stars Two of my favorite things in one; ice cream and democracy! Like freedom the mint was refreshing, light, and sweet! To get to it my palette had to overcome some pretty delicious obstacles (like the brownie chunks), putting me in mind of the barriers some voters face when heading to the polls. Unlike those barriers however, these obstacles were yummy and worthwhile. I hope Empower Mint helps pave the way to a free voting rights for all! Lauren 10/10 Stars Empower Mint mixed two of my favorite ice cream toppings, brownies and chocolate syrup, and combined it with my favorite flavor to make a creation that would inspire the greatest of cynics to speed to their nearest polling location after one bite. Whether you like your ice cream fresh-out-the-freezer or slightly thawed, Empower Mint is sure be the highlight of your day. On election day, I’ll be sure to...

Ideas for Your Fall Campus Plan

by Lauren Anderson, CVP Intern In June, as part of the Voter Friendly Campus Designation, Campus Vote Project interviewed representatives from colleges and universities to learn about their democratic engagement practices and the impact those have on student voter participation. These representatives detailed efforts their campuses had undertaken to register, educate, and turn their students out to the polls. No two institutions are the same, so we included tips that a variety of colleges and universities could use. As your institution develops its campus plans for the Voter Friendly Campus designation, here are some practices you may consider. Begin registering students before they start classes. Students at SUNY Binghamton are given the opportunity to register during new student orientation. Getting students to register during their orientation is often easier to do before they start class and become busy with their new life as a college student. Develop targeted messages according to the needs of different students using publicly available information located at your local board of elections. Stetson University uses their students’ voting history to send targeted messages according to how they participated in past elections. For example, students who voted absentee receive emails on how to obtain and submit an absentee ballot, while students who voted early might receive information on nearby early voting locations Create nonpartisan guides and distribute them to students. Many students want to vote, but feel they don’t know enough to make an informed decision on the candidates or ballot questions. Nonpartisan guides with the positions of federal, state and local candidates are a start toward educating students who need to research the candidate....

Release: WCU Polling Place Approved

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Contact: Joanna Woodson (828)227-7184 Jwoodson1@catamount.wcu.edu Jackson County Board of Elections Approves WCU Polling Place   The University Center at Western Carolina University (WCU) is the proposed location of the newly approved early voting polling place (EVPP) for the November election. This action, aimed at increasing voter engagement on WCU’s campus, comes after months of research, organizing, and lobbying by students working with the Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) and Campus Vote Project, collectively known as the Democracy Coalition. On May 31st, the students led by AGF Ambassador Joanna Woodson and advised by Dr. Lane Perry, presented their case to the Jackson County Board of Elections. One registered Democrat, one registered Republican, and one unaffiliated student, gave testimony to the Board for why they believed an EVPP was a necessary addition to the campus. The Democracy Coalition gathered over 1,000 signatures from students, faculty, staff, and community members to show the depth of community support for the action. The initiative also gained support from North Carolina State Senator Tom Apodaca, an alumnus of Western Carolina, and North Carolina State Representative Joe Sam Queen, as well as upper administration at the university. “I am so excited to have a polling place on campus because it eliminates all the problems that kept students from voting before—the distance, the travel time on the shuttle, the issue of finding time between classes and work. This even helps with the voter ID issue. If students forget their ID in their dorm, they don’t have to go through all the trouble to make several trips,” said junior social work student...

Voter Friendly Campus Kicks Off

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2016 Contact: Kristen Muthig (o) 202-331-0114 (c) 419-706-3431 kmuthig@fairelectionsnetwork.com   NASPA and CVP kick off “Voter Friendly Campus” designation with 100 institutions   Washington, DC – Nearly 100 campuses committed to the new Voter Friendly Campus designation program which will guide colleges and universities as they educate and encourage students to register and vote. As sponsors of this nonpartisan project, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Campus Vote Project (CVP) will promote student democratic engagement on campuses throughout 2016. By participating in this program, these institutions are making a strong statement about the civic mission of higher education to prepare students to be engaged participants in our democracy. “The Voter Friendly Campus designation represents our commitment to providing environments in which students can thrive,” said NASPA President Kevin Kruger. “We are proud to have 100 institutions that recognize the importance of student engagement and we are excited about the number of students that the project will serve.” NASPA and CVP will collaborate with administrators, faculty, and students at participating campuses from now until the general election. The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Campus representatives will participate in trainings to develop and implement strategic plans for how to foster a culture of democratic engagement among students. Institutions that complete the program will be evaluated in early 2017 and awarded the Voter Friendly Campus designation through December 2018. “The Voter Friendly Campus program is an extension of Campus Vote Project’s mission to encourage administrators...