Welcome to the Voter-Friendly Campus designation page dedicated to supporting and hosting resources for schools going through the Voter-Friendly Campus Designation process. If you are not a voter-friendly campus designee, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can be involved in the future!
Submitting Campus Reports
It's time to reflect on all that you and your campus accomplished this year to make sure students were prepared to cast their ballot on Election Day. You can submit your campus report here: http://apps.naspa.org/cfp/evt_frm_user.cfm?event_id=510
A strong campus report should include but is not limited to:
- Overview: What were the main goals your campus had for carrying out democratic engagement in 2016 (refer to your campus’ Voter Friendly Campus plan)? Did your campus meet these goals? Why or why not
- Coalition: How did your coalition function throughout the fall semester? Why was your coalition effective or not effective? How will it change for continued Democratic Engagement work; particularly focused on mid-term elections
- What other partners did you work with internally or externally? What was their role?
- Analysis of your work: For campus plans, we asked you to cover how you planned on fulfilling the four buckets of work for a well-rounded democratic engagement. Please describe how each of these programs were actualized, if they were successful, and what you learned.
- Voter registration: How did your campus register students? How many students did you register?
- Voter education: How did you provide students nonpartisan voting information?
- Ballot access: How did you make sure students had access to the ballot? What were the advantageous and hurdles to students at your institution having access to the ballot?
- Voter turnout: How did you encourage your students to vote on or before election day?
- Successes: What are your institution's top successes (up to 3) of your democratic engagement efforts in 2016?
- Barriers: What are your institution's barriers (up to 3) faced in implementing democratic engagement work in 2016?
- Beyond 2016: Local and state elections, legislative issues, and other democratic engagement activities should take place year round. Looking into 2017 and future years, how do you plan on continuing to engage and education students about the democratic process?
- NSLVE Data: When you receive your campuses’ NSLVE report, what plans are in place with your coalition to evaluate this data and to assess future initiatives?
- Photos and Stories: Share your favorite photos and stories with us from the election!
Implementing Campus Plans
Now that campuses have submitted their action plans and the school year is underway, it’s time to carryout democratic engagement work ensuring students are ready to hit the polls on or before Election Day, November 8th.
Here are some tools and tips to make your democratic engagement work a success.
- Utilize online tools such as Rock the Vote or TurboVote to help students get registered.
- Pay attention to regulations around 3rd Party Voter Registration by checking out FELN’s guides.
- Plan and promote your NVRD event! Did you know all of September is declared “National Voter Registration Month” by the National Association of Secretaries of State?
- Promote dialogue with tools like iCitizen or Text Talk Vote.
- Host debate watch parties, candidate, or issue forums and have students join social media conversation with CollegeDebate16.
- Utilize our state student voting guides to let students know important deadlines and important election information.
- Send out campus-wide emails reminding people about mail-in, early voting, or the election so they are prepared to vote.
- Students as pollworkers
- Utilize our #voterfriendlycampus media kit to promote democratic engagement work on your campus!
- Stay up-to-date with our #voterfriendlycampus monthly newsletter! You can expect them in your inbox the first Tuesday of each month. Not part of the designation process this year? Sign up to receive updates here.
- Need inspiring new ideas? Follow the blog to read about unique, effective methods for getting students to the polls.
Phase 1: Campus Plans
We required Voter-Friendly Campus Designees to complete a campus plan detailing how they plan to carry out democratic engagement work on their campus this year. In order to assist you in that process, we have put together a collection of resources.
A strong campus plan will include but is not limited to
- Overview: Why your school is interested in the designation and the top three goals for democratic engagement during the fall semester.
- Coalition: Who is on your coalition and why they are key to your democratic engagement work.
- A well-rounded coalition will include students, faculty, administrators, and election partners.
- Description of your work: What will you be doing in the fall and how will you be doing it. Make sure to try and include all 4 buckets:
- Voter Registration
- Voter Education
- Ballot Access
- Voter Turnout (GOTV)
- Timeline: When will you be carrying this work out on your campus including dates and resources that would be helpful to complete that work (i.e. palm cards, posters, student guides, etc.)
- Success: What does success look like for your campus? How do we measure our efforts?
The following are documents designed to help you formulate your campus plans
- The Four Key Buckets of Work
- Best Practices for Voter Engagement
- Building a Plan: Step-by-step Worksheet
- Sample Democratic Engagement Plans
- Voter Friendly Campus Designation Presentation #1 (June 2016)
Campus Vote Project is proud to partner with NASPA to offer this opportunity to institutions interested in engaging students, faculty, administration, and community partners in the democratic process. This program is endorsed by our colleagues at the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Young Invincibles.