“CEEP resources helped us put together both our election postcard and our Get out the Vote website. They offered comprehensive information about eligibility, registration, and voter identification which we used for our printed and electronic materials.” —Angela Lowery, Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, Case Western Reserve University
“We appreciated the personalized visit from Coral to talk over a variety of ideas about voter education. Her comments and ideas were extremely helpful.”—Paul Valdez, Assist. Director, Co-Curricular Programs & Civic Action Leaders, Bowling Green State University
Ohio was the first state CEEP funded, and developed many of our most effective approaches. Working through Ohio Campus Compact, Project Director Brenna Limbrick and Director of Student Outreach Coral Breuer teamed up to engage 36 campuses intensively and distribute our materials to another 46, with a combined total enrollment of 605,000 students. Including multiple projects at some campuses, Limbrick and Breuer supported 110 voter registration efforts, and 170 more involving voter education. Limbrick and Breuer began by sending paper letters to all Ohio Compact member presidents and to community service directors at all major colleges and universities in the state. They then followed up by email and phone, and continued to send bi-weekly and then weekly updates on new tools and resources, emergent issues, and voting law changes or controversies. Ohio Compact hosted a Fair Elections Legal Network webinar on Ohio election rules, and created a state-wide Voter Engagement website, including instructions and templates for schools to meet complicated state voting ID laws where students at public universities required a letter from the president or chancellor verifying their enrollment, and those at private institutions a zero-balance utility bill.
Coral made site visits to most of the major schools, and she and Brenna worked together to create multi-school collaborations. They also distributed CEEP resource packages containing the suffrage film Iron Jawed Angels, viewing and discussion guides, Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen (donated by his publisher), and handouts with other educational materials. They printed large reusable cloth banners with the message "Your Vote Counts," and distributed them so the state’s major campuses could display them now and in the future. Schools distributed key CEEP resources widely through their networks, where they got excellent responses
Ohio State secured an on-campus voting station, distributed registration forms and collection boxes in all the residence halls, and produced a carnival called The All-American Event, with food, games, free t-shirts, and voter registration and education materials. They also worked to register OSU workers like janitors, food service workers and bus drivers, and sent out emails to faculty linking to Loeb’s article on student cynicism and asking them to help register students in their classes. Bowling Green State University used CEEP resources to create a one-stop website where students could find voting-related materials, information and deadlines. Columbus State Community College’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership used a CEEP mini-grant to register 1700 students (other groups added to the total) and sponsor an extensive series of election-related education programs—promoting the events through campus-wide posters and t-shirts they handed out. Kent State hosted the Rock the Vote bus (as did several other Ohio schools) and shuttled students to the polls. Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland) hosted a major voter registration drive, faculty panel discussions, and a mock presidential debate on Constitution Day; they also displayed large election-information posters. University of Akron participated in TurboVote. Wright State had a local Board of Elections official do student voter registration training. Ohio Northern University used a CEEP mini-grant to fund three Debate Watch parties, posters, buttons, and a student debate; they said CEEP support was critical to turnout. They also conducted voter registration Dorm Storms and extensive further canvassing, and were profiled by Japan’s national public broadcasting company, NHK, as a way to show Japanese students ways to get involved.
Ohio’s private schools also conducted innovative approaches. Case Western Reserve created a QR code to link to a comprehensive website, scheduled Election Day shuttles, and used our template to send out zero-balance utility bills. Wilmington College had students hand in absentee ballots at a Trick or Vote Party. Ashland University supported student election engagement interns and voter information stations, drawing students in to election events with a raffle to giveaway TOMS shoes. The interns were responsible for about 500 registrations, and the school said they saw greater campus awareness than in any election in recent memory. University of Mount Union used CEEP funding to print Get out the Vote materials, and to support a succession of campus dialogues, including one featuring students who’d attended the national conventions. Mount Union also got faculty to weave in voter registration and education into their courses—from political science, to first-year experience classes, to the business department.
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