What do you and the president have in common?

You might not have heard from me in two weeks, but judging by all the traffic on the internet, you might’ve heard from one of our newest friends.

Turn Up To Vote with BuzzFeed
By way of BuzzFeed’s newest video “5 Things That Are Harder Than Registering To Vote," President Barack Obama encouraged folks to register to vote using TurboVote. 

That’s right. You and the president are both trying to register folks with TurboVote! Granted, his audience may be a little bigger, but the tools are just the same. And you have the added advantage of a whole student population just waiting to hear your message. Plus, our partnerships team has a whole bunch of ideas about how you can most effectively reach your students.

TurboVote IT Integration at Harvard
Thanks to the unwavering support and hard work of our partners at Harvard, particularly Cathy McLaughlin, we have some very exciting news to share. Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, is announcing the launch of a new program aimed at incoming students, which will allow them to use TurboVote to register to vote in any state while completing the mandatory online check-in process prior to arriving on campus. Administered by Harvard Registrar’s office, the partnership will be using the Oracle platform, which offers cloud applications and platform services for colleges and universities across the country. 

As we’ve said before, IT integration is the single most effective way to get signups through TurboVote. And the best part? IT integrations are easy! In the spirit of President Obama’s BuzzFeed video, the TurboVote Summer Associate team is excited to present: 5 Things That Are Harder Than Implementing a TurboVote IT Integration.

5. Asking passing students to register to vote! Even if you have matching jackets and winning smiles, they just won’t stop.

5. Asking passing students to register to vote! Even if you have matching jackets and winning smiles, they just won’t stop.

4. Registering people outside on a laptop! Only AppleCare can save you now.

4. Registering people outside on a laptop! Only AppleCare can save you now.

3. Voter registration pizza parties! No pizza was harmed in the making of this GIF.

3. Voter registration pizza parties! No pizza was harmed in the making of this GIF.

2. Going door to door registering voters! And interrupt their Game of Thrones marathon? No, thank you.

2. Going door to door registering voters! And interrupt their Game of Thrones marathon? No, thank you.

1. Battling the elements to register voters! There are no 100 degree temps, rain, OR snow on your student portal.

1. Battling the elements to register voters! There are no 100 degree temps, rain, OR snow on your student portal.

Well, it’s been an exciting week for TurboVote, so let’s keep that momentum going. Let’s create your fall engagement plan or start a discussion with your campus IT department! Enjoy your summer and until next time.

Best,
Brandon Naylor
Director of Communications
Democracy Works, makers of TurboVote