CVP, Young Invincibles and partners call on Senate to strengthen HEA

As an organization whose mission is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote, we work with colleges and universities every day to translate their civic missions to produce engaged citizens. Voting is fundamental to a civilly engaged life and voter registration is the first step on that journey. The precise details of how to register and vote vary across the country but one constant should be institutions of higher education empowering students with information about registration and voting. The Higher Education Act (HEA) sets a baseline and provides guidance for colleges and universities to provide their students with information on voter registration. Campus Vote Project is proud to stand with Young Invicicbles, and all the other organizations that signed the letter to the Senate HELP Committee. We joined together to implore the committee to strengthen and improve the HEA voter registration provisions to ensure students across the country get the information and support they need to participate in our democracy. The Honorable Lamar Alexander                                       The Honorable Patty Murray Chairman                                                                            Ranking Member Senate HELP Committee                                                   Senate HELP Committee Washington, DC 20515                                                    Washington, DC 20515   Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and members of the Senate HELP Committee, The undersigned organizations write to support protecting and expanding the campus voter registration provision in the Higher Education Act. Speaking as organizations that are dedicated to promoting civic and voter participation among young people, it is...

Make Your 2018 Voting Resolutions

by Debi Lombardi, CVP National Program Director Heading into 2018, CVP is ready to continue our mission to empower students to register and vote. As part of that resolution, we will be identifying 150 institutions to participate in the VFC program, recruiting 80 Democracy Fellows in Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia, and releasing new materials to support our partners. Those are just a few of the ways we want to help students get engaged in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond. However, we cannot reach everyone so here are a few ways you can help too. Check your voter registration status. Whether you have moved recently or just haven’t cast a ballot recently, it’s important to make sure your voter registration status is up-to-date. Check it out and register to vote using Rock the Vote’s voter registration tool. Have three friends check their voter registration status. The best way to support your friends and peers is to reminder them to check their registration status and make sure it is up-to-date. Find out when your next local or statewide election is. Local elections happen all the time and primary elections will be happening this spring. Visit the websites for your local elections office or your secretary of state to find out when the next election is in your state. Look for answers for any other elections information. Each state has different deadlines, opportunities to register, ID requirements and ways to cast a ballot. Check out our state student guides to find out the requirements for your state. Sign up for our mailing list to stay up-to-date on or work....

Why Join our Student Advisory Board?

We asked a couple of our current Student Advisory Board Members to tell us their experience and why they think you should join the team! The Student Advisory Board was an exceptional experience that helped develop my interests and professionalism. As a member, you get to participate in monthly conference calls with the entire board and hear from guest speakers in the political field, such as mayors, congressional members, scholars. It’s a motivational experience that helps you grow as a student and community member. Being a Student Advisory Board member and working with Campus Vote Project has indefinitely been the greatest part of my academic career! -Lynette Quintero The Student Advisory Board has been a transformative experience for me for multiple reasons. Not only am I able to network with transformative, engaged leaders on a regular basis, but I have also had the opportunity to meet ambitious, like-minded students who will definitely change the world for the better. It’s both exciting and amazing to think that many of my fellow Advisory Board members are now my friends, and despite the distance between members, we work together under the goals of improving college campuses, expanding civic engagement, and fostering an inclusive, empowering Board where all individuals can freely express their ideas and see them put to action. Overall, the Student Advisory Board will give you access to the best resource available – students and change-makers- who collaborate and work towards a better future! -Jasym Mireles Click here to learn more about the requirements for becoming a CVP Advisory Board Member and how to...

Apply Now to Join the CVP Student Advisory Board

Overview In 2012, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) launched Campus Vote Project (CVP) to 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. As part of our mission, we want to invite students who have played a role in expanding or deepening democratic engagement on their campus to apply for our Student Advisory Board. This leadership program provides opportunities for civically-minded and active students to influence Campus Vote Project, learn more about democratic engagement nationally, and develop relationships with peers, institutions, and civic leaders. Position Description The Student Advisory Board position is a volunteer position for civic-minded student leaders who want to be a part of the national democratic engagement movement. As a founding member of the Students Learn Students Vote coalition and a co-creator of the Voter Friendly Campus designation, CVP prides itself in being a leader in institutionalizing democratic engagement on college campuses. The board member position requires 15-20 hours per month. Time will be spent participating in a monthly call with CVP national staff and guest speakers, being a representative for democracy reform on your campus and in your state, and being an advocate for greater democratic engagement. They will also have an opportunity to participate in a multi-day summit with other civic leaders. Ideal Candidates will reflect the following values Passionate about civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education Care about advancing voting rights and ensuring all eligible...