Begin Planning Now: Elections only happen a couple of times a year, but the sooner you begin planning effective nonpartisan ways to help your students register, volunteer, learn about the issues and turn out at the polls, the better prepared you’ll be as deadlines approach, and the more interest and momentum you’ll build on your campus. Plus every student registered in spring is one less to register in fall. See what Virginia Commonwealth University did to engage both their campus and community in their tool kit here.
CEEP has developed and gathered voter resources to support campus election engagement efforts. These materials include examples of previous successful campus registration and voter projects, templates and logos, webinars, non-partisan voter groups, campus checklists, and much more.
For Voter Registration Resources, click here.
For Voter Education Resources, click here.
Nonpartisan Senatorial Voter Guides
CEEP nonpartisan voting guides: Another great thing you can do to involve students in the election is to emphasize CEEP's nonpartisan voting guides and make sure schools have received and disseminated them: the Presidential Voter Guide, the Senate and House ones where we’ve created them. Encourage schools to get them out every way they can, from now right up until Election Day. Get faculty and residence life to distribute them, get student newspapers to reprint them or draw on the guides’ information for their own stories, and get student government or student affairs to work with campus IT departments to email the guides out to all the students on campus. Click on the state below to download your Guide!
Senate races: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Virginia and Wisconsin.
House races: New York’s 18th, 24th and 27th districts, Ohio’s 16th, Colorado’s 6th, Nevada’s 3rd, Florida’s 18th, Michigan’s 1st and 11th, North Carolina’s 7th and Pennsylvania’s 12th.
Virginia Commonwealth University! This guide was developed from a Get-Out-The-Vote effort conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) ASPiRE students and Mosby Court residents. ASPiRE is a living-learning program focused on community engagement. Mosby Court is a public housing development located less than 2 miles from VCU’s academic campus. They developed this guide to encourage schools to develop partnerships with their own nearby public housing developments and with other community nonprofits. Download this tool here.
Check out our collection of the best ideas for politically engaging students in the weeks leading up to November 6, getting them to the polls on Election Day, and keeping them involved after the voting results are in. We've got fun attention-grabbers such as Trick-or-Vote Halloween campaigns and mock boxing matches between students dressed as the presidential candidates; we've also got serious items like campus-wide email reminders to vote and encouraging students to volunteer for campaigns and at the polls. Colleges still have plenty of time to make a big difference, and our 33 Things show them how. Take a look and pass it along!
Six Key Ways to Act to Engage Students in the Election
How do we engage America’s 20 million students in elections? The CEEP worked with 500 campuses in 2008 and over 750 in 2012 to do exactly that. Drawing on this experience, we’ve compiled this list of effective nonpartisan approaches that colleges and universities can use to engage their students. We hope you’ll use this resource to help your students register to vote, learn about issues and candidates, volunteer in campaigns, and get to the polls, while ensuring their votes count despite all the obstacles.