In 2016, FELN launched two new initiatives — one to help recruit qualified volunteers to help voters on Election Day, and one to help schools to incorporate democratic engagement on their campuses. Both will continue into 2017.



To help alleviate the struggle many local election officials face in finding qualified election volunteers, FELN launched the Work Elections project in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Election Academy, and Development Seed. This web portal collects and centralizes poll worker requirements and applications for local election jurisdictions in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia, and statewide applications for other states. It is also a simplified, central source for potential volunteers who may not know where or how to apply to be a poll worker.


In summer 2016, our Campus Vote Project partnered with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) to establish the Voter Friendly Campus program. The program helps schools incorporate democratic engagement on their campus with individualized plans, feedback, webinars and materials. By implementing their plans before students return to school in the fall, campuses registered more students and empowered students as voters.

Ninety-five campuses in 28 states signed up to take part in the Voter Friendly Campus program. Participating campuses will report back with their efforts and the results in early 2017, and campuses that meet the requirements will be designated as Voter Friendly Campuses for 2017 and 2018.