Campus Vote Project Blog

The CVP Blog keeps you up-to-date on the latest election-related information and provides insight on how to best engage with students, campus administrators and election officials.

Apply Now: 2019 Student Advisory Board

You can learn more about the current Student Advisory Board here. Overview In 2012, Fair Elections Center 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 at their institution 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...

Wright State making all the right moves to engage students

by Whitney Tyler, Wright State University student and Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellow Wright State University has had a troubled past with voter engagement, but that doesn’t mean the students, professors and administrators are giving up. Wright State had its first big push surrounding the 2016 presidential election. We were even chosen to host the first presidential debate! Unfortunately, the debate fell through and so did voter engagement. But Wright State is making a comeback! The groundwork for the 2018 midterm elections through the campus-wide voter registration, voter information engagement, and get out the vote efforts has already started with more activities to come. Our goals have been humongous in planning for this election and we’re finally able to implement them. The first stop in our plan was registering WSU students to vote. We started off with a registration table at the Campus Fall Festival where we registered over 100 students and  have since celebrated Constitution Day with a movie week. Every day between September 17th and 22nd we played a movie related to the Constitution. We had a general discussion about the Constitution before every screening and a discussion about the movie and one amendment after the screening. National Voter Registration Day is our big event of registration season where we will are register students with the help campus clubs and the League of Women Voters at registration stations all day, campus wide.  At our registration stations, we will be handing out silly putty and donuts to make sure WSU students “doughnut” forget to register and know voting isn’t silly. We will also be hosting another movie night. Once...

MN Colleges are Required to Provide Voter Registration Forms, but are They?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2018   For more information, contact Kristen Muthig (o) 202-331-0114 (c) 419-706-3431 kmuthig@fairelectionscenter.org   Minnesota Colleges and Universities are mandated to provide students voter registration forms, but are they? Some campuses confused by separate state mandate, despite exclusion from federal requirement Washington, D.C. – With the fall term underway and the 2018 midterms rapidly approaching the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project contacted colleges and universities across Minnesota this week to reminder them of the state requirement that all postsecondary institutions “provide voter registration forms to each student as early as possible in the fall quarter” and ““[i]nstitutions shall consult with their campus student government in determining the most effective means of distributing the forms and in seeking to facilitate election day registration of students…” These requirements in Minnesota Statute §201.1611 are separate from a similar federal requirement contained in the Higher Education Act, which Minnesota is excluded from due to the fact that Minnesota allows for Election Day registration as well.  Campus Vote Project participated in the Democracy in Action Summit hosted at Minneapolis College last month and heard from participants that they were not aware of their institution complying with Minnesota Statute §201.1611, and that some institutions may be confusing it with a separate federal statute that Minnesota campuses are exempt from.  For example, see this post from Normandale Community College about the federal statute but failing to mention the state requirement to distribute voter registration forms – www.normandale.edu/directory/disclosures/voter-registration “Thanks to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement we know that nearly 84% of students at Minnesota institutions that were registered...