Now Hiring: North Carolina “Party at the Polls” Coordinator

Campus Vote Project – North Carolina “Party at the Polls” Coordinator Campus Vote Project (CVP) was launched in 2012 by the Fair Elections Center to expand our work on student voting issues.  We work with universities, community colleges, faculty, students, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. CVP helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote. Position Description Campus Vote Project seeks a “Party at the Polls” Coordinator for North Carolina.  The coordinator is a key member of our team. They are charged with managing and strengthening existing relationships with campus administration and faculty leadership and establishing new, lasting relationships with campuses to carry out our goals (stated below).  They will also take the lead on planning 18 election parties on campuses across the state during early voting and on Election Day. Goals of the Program: Engage campuses at an institutional level to drive nonpartisan civic engagement programs in 2018 that promote voter turnout and reach across the campus community. Ensure campus administrators, faculty, and student leadership are provided with accurate nonpartisan information and conduct programs on-campus across voter registration, education, and turnout to begin institutionalizing and cultivating a long-term culture of democratic engagement on the campuses. Progress CVP’s efforts with campus partners and plan at least 18 parties to increase voter turnout across campuses in North Carolina as part of #VoteTogether. Coordinate with a number of CVP’s coalition partners also conducting nonpartisan civic engagement programs on campuses.  The “Party at the Polls” lead will continue to engage with these partners and make CVP materials and resources available to help...

Campus Profile #3: Chatham University

This summer and fall CVP is writing profiles of colleges and universities and their efforts to educate students about voter registration, casting a ballot and developing democratic engagement. These campuses are a part of the Voter Friendly Campus designation project offered by CVP and NASPA.   by Lauren Anderson, CVP intern Recently, I interviewed two representatives from Chatham University in Pennsylvania to discuss their preparations for the general election less than four months away. I could feel their excitement for the upcoming academic year immediately, and after talking to them it became clear why. Like many universities, Chatham faculty and staff are constantly working to make sure students turn out in large numbers at the polls. What struck me most about Chatham was the level of involvement of their students, who volunteered hours of their time each week toward promoting civic and democratic engagement. Chatham has an Office of Student Affairs and a chapter of Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) that are staffed with full-time employees who work year-round planning and implementing activities to get students involved. There’s also a lot that will be going on Chatham’s campus leading up the election and on the day of the election itself. They’re planning to have watch parties for everything from the debates to the State of the Union. The PCWP hosted its first round-table discussion on the topic of the Family Medical Leave Act in the spring. In the past academic year, there were several panels featuring political professors, scholars, and activists focused on increasing political participation among women and people of color. Panel speakers discussed how they...