Jacob Kennedy registers to vote at Hocking College, Ohio. Send us your photos and we'll feature them here!
It's October already, crunch time! In many states we're a week or less away from major voter registration deadlines pegged to 30 days before the Nov. 6 general election. Additionally, in many states early voting is starting soon, and as such schools in those states have a great opportunity to help their students begin voting now instead of waiting until November. Make sure to check your state rules and to mind your schools of related timelines and deadlines, and please share with us, via e-mail or in the comments, news of campus activities and ideas that can be used or adapted elsewhere!
We update our Campus Vote Map regularly with new campus contact...remember to check once or twice a week (or more!) to find new contacts at schools in your state.
Amanda and the other Florida staff put together Dialogue Guides for the four issues college students tend to say they care most about. You and your partners can now download these guides online to spark discussions in your own states: Higher Education is here; Economy is here; Immigration is here; and Health Care is here.
This coming Tuesday, October 2, marks the deadline for a Pennsylvania judge's decision on his state's voter ID law, and during the final hearing yesterday the judge dropped a hint about how he might rule in the case.
Noting that "provisional ballots seem to be the sticking point," Judge Robert Simpson suggested permitting voters lacking IDs to use a provisional ballot, without the current law's requirement for those voters to present photo ID sometime after voting; instead, state election officials would verify that the ballots were from registered voters. Judge Simpson initially ruled in favor of the law but was ordered to reconsider it by the state Supreme Court. His final ruling is still unknown, and Pennsylvania voters should stay tuned and make sure their friends and neighbors are informed about Simpson's eventual decision. You can read more here.
No doubt you've heard college students tell you their votes don't matter time and time again. In this article for Inside Higher Ed, Alexander Astin, Parker Palmer and CEEP founder Paul Loeb provide some great advice for overcoming student apathy and laying the groundwork for lifelong civic engagement. Check it out!
Welcome to the new blog of the Campus Election Engagement Project. As fall classes begin and campuses start organizing voter registration and education efforts in advance of the November 6 general election, we wanted a place where we could share new developments and ideas in campus activism, news about changes in voter registration and eligibility laws, and resources and events for administrators, faculty, and student organizers. We already send out a weekly e-newsletter (to receive it, e-mail CEEP associate national director Geov Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org), but as fall heats up we wanted a forum that was both more timely and that could explore news and resources in greater depth.
We also want to encourage communication from and among state and local organizers. If you have news or an idea for a post, simply use the comments section, or send the information to Geov (above) or other national CEEP staff. Our goal is to have as much information, resources, and ideas as possible available for those who want to seek it out, but not to overwhelm folks who don't have time for a lot of detail.
This being the 21st Century and all, we also are using Facebook and an RSS feed for this blog (sign up on this page!) If you have suggestions for how to improve this feature - or our overall communications work - please e-mail us, or leave a message in the comments. Thanks!