Bipartisan politics are storming through your campus and community. Now is the time to put the umbrella down and sharping your puddle jumping skills. Presidential campaigns will begin contacting your campuses looking for volunteers, opportunities to register first time voters, internship opportunities, and spreading literature and signs for as far as the eye can see. Having the opportunity to get involved in your community will advance your networking skills and add to your resume. Regardless of party affiliation it is vital we encourage everyone to participate in the election. Begin planning your fall voter registration events now!
Voter Registration Planning
- Email CEEP resources to key campus leaders. Include deans, provost, president, student affairs, service-learning coordinator, registrar, IT department, residence life, student media advisor, faculty associations, coaches and academic departments.
- Work with your IT department to create an election-related section on your campus website. Contact relevant faculty to make this a class project.
- Provide easy-to-access information on state voting rules, deadlines and resources. Include links for students to find their polling stations and learn about issues and candidates.
- Highlight links to the page on your main campus website. Ensure visibility on high-traffic pages like those where students register for classes or buy tickets for campus events.
- Highlight your campus voter participation initiatives.
- Promote these online resources through student media and organizations.
- Contact community organizations such as the League of Women Voters, who may have materials or events in the works that they can share.
- Encourage Faculty to distribute voter registration forms in class.
- Plan five or six campus-wide emails (or text messages, if your campus has the ability):
- Promoting registering to vote on campus, or updating registration with off-campus addresses.
- Notifying students of the registration deadline.
- Promoting early voting hours, or absentee ballot deadlines.
- Distributing non-partisan voter guides or promoting events on and off campus.
- Before Election Day with information such as how to find your polling place, poll hours and ID requirements.
- Get the athletic department involved – Central Michigan University’s football team held up their voter registration cards at half-time of a major game, while the jumbo Tron showed registration information for students.
- Have a communications class make a video about student voting that can be shown on TVs around campus. See examples here:
- Maximize your greatest resource – students. Students at Norfolk State University worked together to create an “Each One Text One” approach, a phone tree series of text messages to remind their friends of registration and voting deadlines, and encouraged them to forward the messages to other friends.