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.

Release: WCU Polling Place Approved

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Contact: Joanna Woodson (828)227-7184 Jwoodson1@catamount.wcu.edu Jackson County Board of Elections Approves WCU Polling Place   The University Center at Western Carolina University (WCU) is the proposed location of the newly approved early voting polling place (EVPP) for the November election. This action, aimed at increasing voter engagement on WCU’s campus, comes after months of research, organizing, and lobbying by students working with the Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) and Campus Vote Project, collectively known as the Democracy Coalition. On May 31st, the students led by AGF Ambassador Joanna Woodson and advised by Dr. Lane Perry, presented their case to the Jackson County Board of Elections. One registered Democrat, one registered Republican, and one unaffiliated student, gave testimony to the Board for why they believed an EVPP was a necessary addition to the campus. The Democracy Coalition gathered over 1,000 signatures from students, faculty, staff, and community members to show the depth of community support for the action. The initiative also gained support from North Carolina State Senator Tom Apodaca, an alumnus of Western Carolina, and North Carolina State Representative Joe Sam Queen, as well as upper administration at the university. “I am so excited to have a polling place on campus because it eliminates all the problems that kept students from voting before—the distance, the travel time on the shuttle, the issue of finding time between classes and work. This even helps with the voter ID issue. If students forget their ID in their dorm, they don’t have to go through all the trouble to make several trips,” said junior social work student...

Voter Friendly Campus Kicks Off

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2016 Contact: Kristen Muthig (o) 202-331-0114 (c) 419-706-3431 kmuthig@fairelectionsnetwork.com   NASPA and CVP kick off “Voter Friendly Campus” designation with 100 institutions   Washington, DC – Nearly 100 campuses committed to the new Voter Friendly Campus designation program which will guide colleges and universities as they educate and encourage students to register and vote. As sponsors of this nonpartisan project, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Campus Vote Project (CVP) will promote student democratic engagement on campuses throughout 2016. By participating in this program, these institutions are making a strong statement about the civic mission of higher education to prepare students to be engaged participants in our democracy. “The Voter Friendly Campus designation represents our commitment to providing environments in which students can thrive,” said NASPA President Kevin Kruger. “We are proud to have 100 institutions that recognize the importance of student engagement and we are excited about the number of students that the project will serve.” NASPA and CVP will collaborate with administrators, faculty, and students at participating campuses from now until the general election. The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Campus representatives will participate in trainings to develop and implement strategic plans for how to foster a culture of democratic engagement among students. Institutions that complete the program will be evaluated in early 2017 and awarded the Voter Friendly Campus designation through December 2018. “The Voter Friendly Campus program is an extension of Campus Vote Project’s mission to encourage administrators...

CVP Launches California Campus Projects

Today California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will visit Los Angeles Trade Technical College to kick off their initiative to discuss the importance of voter registration and the role young people can play in shaping the future through civic participation. Campus Vote Project is partnering with the LA Community College District, its nine colleges, and its faculty and students to support a program to help students register and vote in 2016 and beyond. The program will increase student awareness of the elections process and its connection to policies that affect their college community and the communities in which they live, and integrate voter registration and voter education directly into student activities. CVP will work with the District to implement tools that can help increase youth participation in voting, while fulfilling the schools’ mission to educate students about their fundamental right and responsibility as a citizen to vote.  Community colleges are uniquely positioned to provide students with a nonpartisan introduction to registration and voting. They can also impart knowledge regarding the functions of different levels of government and encourage civil discourse around important community issues. In addition to our work with the LA Community College District, CVP is also working with De Anza College, and its administrators, faculty and students to increase student voter registration and...

Your Questions Answered about CVP’s Voter Friendly Campus Designation

Good Housekeeping has their seal as a stamp of approval for good household products. Campus Vote Project and NASPA are teaming up to offer our own recognition for campuses that help students register and vote. The Voter Friendly Campus designation program is a brand new opportunity and we want to answer some basic questions to help administrators decide if they should sign up. Voter Friendly Campus designation interest forms are due May 13, 2016. Q.What is the Voter Friendly Campus designation program? A. This program helps institutions develop a plan that will coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement. After colleges and universities execute their plan to help students register and vote in the 2016 elections, campuses will be evaluated and designated as an official Voter Friendly Campus. Q. Why should my college or university sign up to be designated a Voter Friendly Campus? A. In addition to educating students, fostering civic learning is a goal of many colleges and universities. By helping students register and vote, campuses will help students be active participants in our democracy. The Voter Friendly Campus designation helps administrators develop a plan using our checklist and set clear goals so a path can be created well in advance of November. These activities can be institutionalized for the following years, keeping students engaged as they enter, and move through their time at school. Q. What happens after we are designated a Voter Friendly Campus? A. Campuses that follow through on their plan to register students and help them cast a ballot will be recognized and sent materials that can be used...

Student Voter ID Madness: The Sweet and Not-So-Sweet of 16 Schools’ State Voter ID Laws

Campus Vote Project and Fair Elections Legal Network have caught March Madness like the rest of the country. In the spirit of the season, we took a look at the Sweet 16 teams and compared their voter ID laws and whether they accept or don’t accept student ID. CVP has more information on student ID as voter ID on our site. No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Maryland While Kansas allows student voters to use public and private college and university ID cards, the Terps win this game in a blow-out because Maryland has no voter ID law. Better luck next year, Jayhawks. No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 3 Miami Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was struck down on state constitutional grounds a couple years ago. Florida will allow student ID cards at the polls and, even if you forget yours, you can still vote a provisional ballot which will be counted as long as your signature matches the one on your registration form (but if you can help it, show an ID and don’t leave your vote up to signature-matching). We award this game to Nova because no voter ID law is still better than a flexible voter ID law. Sorry, Gators; you kept it close. No. 4 Duke vs. No. 1 Oregon Oregon wins this game in double digits because it has no voter identification law and North Carolina prohibits Duke students from using their student ID cards to vote at the polls. North Carolina’s ID law has been challenged in federal court and a decision is expected soon. No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Texas A&M Oklahoma...
Coming Up: Becoming a Voter-Friendly Campus Webinar

Coming Up: Becoming a Voter-Friendly Campus Webinar

CVP is involved in an upcoming webinar on student voting and we want you to join! Below is all the information on the event, and a link to register. We hope you log on! Becoming a Voter-Friendly Campus Webinar | Wednesday, March 2nd This is the first of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar series powered by icitizen. There will be 6 total webinars between now and November 2016 — all will be open to faculty, staff, students and friends. Offered in partnership with The Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project (CVP), this webinar will introduce participants to the Students Learn, Students Vote Checklist and seek early adopters to be part of an inaugural class of higher education institutions undertaking these efforts to foster more voter-friendly campuses. CVP will discuss promising practices from previous experiences with student electoral engagement, identify resources and materials to help campuses plan, execute, and evaluate their efforts, and create a system to enroll and support campuses in this program. We encourage you to participate in this webinar and to consider how your campus can become more voter-friendly! Speaker: Mike Burns, National Director, Campus Vote Project When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST To RSVP click here....