To make real change it is critical for students, campus administrators and election officials to work together and coordinate activities that engage and motivate student voters. Each area will provide best practices and other resources to help each group with campus activities.
Students Learn, Students Vote
Higher education’s focus on civic engagement not only helps students to better understand their impact on those around them, it creates better students. Encouraging and assisting your students to vote will establish participatory habits that will last well beyond their collegiate experience. Incorporating democratic engagement into campus life creates structure and stability for students as they explore what their political beliefs are, and how they would like to engage in the democratic process. CVP developed a two-step system to integrate electoral engagement into campus culture. The first phase is a series of steps every institution can implement, while the second is a series of goals each campus can customize to specifically fit their needs and state regulations. CVP developed this programming from years of campus electoral engagement work. Each of our suggested activities is a successful best practice from our partner institutions. Every academic institution has a different student population, administrative structure and electoral regulations but the planning process and recommendations are easily adapted to any campus and reflect our work with a range of two-year, four-year, public, and private institutions of higher education from an array of different states. Links to the full Electoral Engagement Guide and the corresponding worksheet are below. Students Learn, Students Vote Checklist CVP Electoral Engagement Worksheet Best Practices Watch a recording of the March 3rd webinar on the Voter Friendly Campus Designation
The college community is a natural place for students to seek information and become civically and politically engaged, but they often face practical hurdles that keep them from voting. College administrators play an important role in making sure students are empowered with the information they need to register and vote. The Higher Education Act also requires institutes of higher education to provide students with voter registration materials.