This fall CEEP will be helping organize Election Engagement Fellows. These are highly engaged students that typically receive funding or academic credit to recruit and lead nonpartisan teams of 15 – 20 fellow students. Their goal is to provide the energy and passion needed to carry out election engagement programs on campus. The fellows will coordinate with administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders to ensure campus is prepared to turn out and participate in the 2016 election. In 2014, CEEP supported fellows at 50 campuses and will be working hard to offer the same support this fall. We have combined direct financial support, academic credit, federal work study, and sponsorships by organizations such as the League of Women Voters.
CEEP state organizers will help fellows build their teams by assisting in identifying allies from other campus leaders, develop outreach plans, and recruit volunteers. Online technical tools such as Rock the Vote and TurboVote will be highly encouraged, but stress will be placed on face-to-face outreach. Key engagement areas for fellows include but are not limited to:
- Promoting voter registration, from volunteering to register voters at first year orientation or move-in to assisting with National Voter Registration Day
- Helping students get the necessary ID to register and vote, and meet new legal requirements.
- Organizing tabling and canvassing activities, from classroom presentations to residential “dorm storms”
- Bringing in guest speakers to educate students about the logistics of voting
- Distributing our Nonpartisan Candidate Guides, and fostering discussion on candidate stands
- Organizing campus debates, forums, and debate watch parties
- Enlisting students as poll workers
- Collecting pledges to vote
- Running phone banks to confirm student registration status and remind students to vote
- Creating and implementing a “get out the vote campaign,” both for early voting dates and for Election Day.