NC Campuses Urged to Update Student IDs

Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project, Democracy North Carolina, and Common Cause North Carolina sent the letter below updating colleges and universities about recent changes in North Carolina law that impact the ability of students to exercise their right to vote and several urgent associated deadlines. One of the forms of voter ID under a new photo ID law (SB 824) is student ID cards issued by community colleges and public and private colleges and universities in North Carolina. The letter outlines the additional requirements institution’s must meet for their student IDs to be approved by the State Board of Elections to be used as voter ID and critical deadlines. The State Board of Elections is supposed to produce temporary regulations to implement the approval process of student IDs as voter ID by February 1, 2019 and is supposed to approve student IDs acceptable as voter ID for the 2019 and 2020 elections on March 15, 2019. For more information please read the letter below and if you have questions contact Campus Vote Project at info@campusvoteproject.org. The letter sent to campuses can be found...

CVP Requests Veto for NC Voter ID Bill

Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project works with colleges and universities across North Carolina to empower students with information they need to register and vote. We can say unequivocally that the recently passed strict, photo voter ID S.B. 824 is bad for student voters and Governor Cooper should veto the bill. S.B. 824 is a legislative smoke screen that on paper includes student IDs from North Carolina’s public, private, and community colleges and universities, however, it also enacts a by-institution approval process intentionally designed and implemented in ways to make sure that no institution’s student IDs will actually be approved for use as voter ID.  CVP’s National Director Mike Burns noted, “North Carolina’s citizens elected a new legislature in November and current legislators should stop undermining our democracy and allow a full and considered debate in the new year on how to best implement voter ID in North Carolina. There is no rational justification for this lame duck legislature to jam through such a flawed bill and then force the State Board of Elections to certify which student IDs can be used as voter ID 600 days before the 2020 general election.” You can read CVP’s full letter urging Gov. Cooper to veto S.B. 824 below or here. December 10, 2018   The Honorable Roy Cooper Governor of North Carolina 20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-0301   Re: Veto S.B. 824   Governor Cooper, The vast majority of states that require voter ID allow the use of college and university IDs as voter ID, and instead of a smoke screen, North Carolina should offer a real measure that...

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...