These steps are especially crucial for college students who relocated from another city or state or now live on campus and wish to vote in the college / university’s district. Below are (3) steps to make registration easy, available and accessible for students wanting to vote locally!
Step One: Create a Registration Drop-off Box
Select a previously used cardboard box or purchase a tabletop suggestion box, design it with the college or patriotic colors and place it in a student heavy traffic area such as: Department of Student Life, Office of Civic Engagement, or the Student Government Association. Be sure to include blank registration forms and pens. Also, remember to submit forms to the Board of Elections within 10 days of being signed otherwise risk being invalid. *Note: Campuses may have multiple boxes.
Step Two: Setup a table with Signage
Constancy and reliability is key in registering students! So designate a visible and accessible area where students can go and or point friends for voter registration information. This is a great opportunity to display CEEP’s Vote Banner (submit email request here) and materials!
Step Three: Host a Dash-2-Registration Drive
No matter the size everyone loves a great event! It’s also the best way to get a busy student’s attention. The range of the drive depends on the individual campus, but each can do no-to-little cost activities such as:
- Place a 7-day countdown marker outside your office.
- Chalk the sidewalks in common areas with reminder messages.
- Have new registrants ring a bell or blow noise makers (which they keep).
- Invite local Board of Elections for a midday political cypher (also known as discussion) about the registration process. Snacks would be a bonus!
- Be creative, make it fun, interactive and engage students in the process!
Following these 3 easy steps will make your campus more voter friendly as well as help faculty, staff and students prepare to take part in their civic duty!
By Gigi Traore