Over the past year Campus Vote Project has worked with administrators and student organizations on college campuses throughout the country to help students overcome a variety of barriers that often discourage them from voting. Through this experience, the project observed several trends in the student voting experience.
In 2012, young adults, ages 18-29, made up almost 19% of the electorate. While this is a slight increase from 2008, when students move to a new community to attend college they often face obstacles to voting that can drive down participation. These include:
· Not knowing voter registration rules and deadlines,
· Not having acceptable ID for voter registration or voting purposes,
· Confusion about where to vote,
· Lack of transportation to the polls, and
· Election officials or poll workers who are unaware or unsympathetic to student voting challenges.
In addition to new laws in 2011 and 2012, intimidation from elected officials and dissemination of incorrect information created barriers for students.
To overcome these challenges in 2012, students, administrators, faculty, voting rights advocates, and others worked together to educate students and provide information on deadlines, where to vote, and making sure they had the proper information so they were able to cast their ballot.
A copy of the report can be found here: http://bit.ly/ZNL46w
For more information go to: www.campusvoteproject.org
For more information contact:
Kristen Muthig, 202-331-0114, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dan Vicuna, 202-331-0114, email@example.com
Campus Vote Project (CVP) is a project of the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN). FELN is a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve overall election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform.