Last week, Campus Vote Project teamed with the U.S. Department of Education to put student voting in the spotlight. The Department organized a conference call designed to inform college administrators, faculty, staff, and students around the country about the importance of institutionalizing efforts on college campuses to get more students registered and voting. Under Secretary Martha Kanter led a discussion that highlighted specific strategies for getting more students to participate in our democracy.
This week marks NEA’s 2013 American Education Week. It may seem an unlikely topic for us to be talking about, but one of the most important pillars of American education is, and always has been, civic learning. In fact, preparing children to be engaged members of their communities through things like voting was one of the original purposes of public schools.
North Carolina has made a push in recent months to become the worst state for student voters in the country. Following a failed bill to punish in-state students by removing their dependency status for state income taxes, the state legislature omitted student IDs from the list of acceptable voter ID under the new voter ID law set to go into effect in 2016.
By now you may have noticed that the US Census Bureau released the results of its polling around the 2012 elections. While the numbers do not indicate partisanship of voters or the candidates whom they supported, they provide a wealth of information on demographics such as age, gender, education level, and race of voters as well as the methods they used to vote and register, or, in other cases, why they skipped going the polls all together last year.
At a recent concert at DC’s 930 Club, fans threw their hands up in the air displaying wrists alight with glow bracelets scattered throughout the crowd. While you may not believe it, those bracelets had as much to do with music as they did with voting.
Well, it’s crunch time. Just days until the election and groups across the country are focused on one big thing: getting out the vote! This year, we’ve seen some pretty spectacular new strategies to get voters to the polls, and we thought you’d like to see some of our favorites. Here they are, in no particular order:
At 3 PM on Wednesday, September 26, Campus Vote Project, an initiative of the Fair Elections Legal Network, will be hosting a virtual town hall for college students and campus administrators to discuss student voting in the upcoming election.