Be A Part of NVRD

by Lynette Quintero, CVP Student Advisory Board member and student at UC-Berkeley Celebrate democracy on a campus near you this National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), September 26th! You can empower your students and community by participating and helping citizens register to vote.  Here are some tips on how to take advantage of all the resources available, and host a successful and festive NVRD. Sign up to be a NVRD partner to receive social media tools, posters, stickers and more for your event, whether it is large or small. The deadline to receive free materials is Monday September 4. More is better with a crowd so rally up with your school mascot, clubs on campus, student government members, professors, local politicians, and community businesses to spread the word and bring everyone out to register to vote on NVRD! Make sure you and your volunteers are trained and prepared on NVRD with plenty of information on upcoming elections for students registering for the first time! Create a booth or table with fun patriotic decorations to draw attention, think RED, WHITE, and BLUE! Whoever said registering to vote couldn’t be a party? Throw in a photo booth section with fun props! Patriotic sunglasses, Uncle Sam hats, and white boards where people can write why they’re voting all amplify the interactive fun! You can even go all out and try a Leslie Knope (from Parks and Recreation) cut-out! Who wouldn’t want a photo with Leslie Knope while celebrating democracy!? Get your local election office on board to be a trusted source for though voter registration questions at your event. National Voter Registration Day...

The Download on Voting Rights

The end of summer vacation may be difficult, but we want to make it a bit easier with some of our favorite podcast episodes covering the history of voting and voting rights. The Axe Files: Episode 162, An Interview with John Lewis Congressman John Lewis joins David in Atlanta to talk about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, how far America has come on the issue of race, his views on President Donald Trump, and his emotional reaction to an audio exhibit at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. We the People: Voting Rights in the Courts Following ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1860, many states used poll taxes, literacy tests, and other means to prevent newly freed African Americans and other minorities from voting. A century later, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided a variety of ways for the federal government and the federal courts to ensure that the right to vote was not denied on the basis of race. Decode DC: Episode 203, What you Should Know about Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission President Trump believes he would have won the popular vote — if it weren’t for the 3 million people that voted illegally. Even though there’s no evidence to support his claim, he put together a commission to look into the issue. They’ve already been pretty active, asking for voter data from all 50 states. But what exactly is going on with this commission, and what can we expect? Predicting our Future: Episode 7, Can Online Voting Defeat the Broken Electoral College In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a little over a...