Happy October, everyone! There’s plenty of news to share, so let’s get straight to it.
Partner Spotlight: University of Virginia
We recently told you about Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and their efforts to register as many students as possible in one day. They blew us away with over 800 registrations. The University of Virginia, a TurboVote partner since 2013, must have taken that challenge to heart. With one email, they managed to register 950 students in one day! The text of that simple, but effective, email was:
“The University of Virginia supports students taking responsibility to be engaged community members in addition to excelling academically. To that end, I am writing to provide students who are U.S. citizens with information and materials to vote in every election from local to presidential.
When you sign up at uva.turbovote.org, you will be able to do the following:
Register to vote
Stay registered to vote if you move
Get reminders about every local, state, and federal election
Whether you vote in Virginia or another state, you are encouraged to take advantage of this resource. Spending a few minutes now will make the voting process easier in the future.”
This just goes to show that your voter outreach doesn’t need to be too complex to achieve impressive results. What can you do to top 950 registered users in one day? Keep up the good work!
TurboVote is always searching for ways to make our online tools better and now you can help do just that. We cordially invite you to join us in our investigation to discover how IT integration of voter registration tools for students can best be integrated on campuses across the country. Whatever your campus situation, the results of everyone’s experiences with IT integration and voter registration tools for the institutional community will culminate in a more complete picture of what can be done, what might be done, and with what limitations. Through these practices, colleges and universities have the power to promote civic engagement as a lifelong practice. We think that’s important, and hope you do, too. So, please consider joining us today. The total time commitment for our partners is expected to be around 25 hours and a $1,000 grant will be awarded. If your institution is interested in participating, please have your potential project leader fill out this brief survey as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to email email@example.com. We think this is a really exciting opportunity and we hope you’ll consider participating.
You might’ve noticed a few shakeups. Thanks to their impressive one-day signup, UVA has moved into 1st Place while other Top 25 schools continue to add to their count, like Montclair State University, who added 245 registered voters since last week. Keep up the great work, everyone!
Leaderboard, Total Sign-ups, Oct. 8:
- The University of Virginia - 1204
- SUNY Geneseo - 1192
- California Polytechnic State University - 1115
- Montclair State University - 966
- Ivy Tech Community College - 867
- Boston College - 785
- Brigham Young University - 771
- Kutztown University - 636
- The University of Chicago - 631
- The Institute of Politics at Harvard University - 614
- St. Petersburg College - 563
- Case Western Reserve University - 552
- West Chester University - 503
- Virginia Tech - 497
- Boise State University - 462
- The Associated Students of Michigan State University - 455
- DePaul University - 432
- Macomb Community College - 395
- Polk State College - 366
- James Madison University - 365
- Lone Star College - 345
- The College of William & Mary - 344
- Broward College - 342
- Elon University - 338
- Miami Dade College - 320
From me and the TurboVote partnerships team, thanks to everyone for all your really outstanding outreach efforts. We love watching these impressive registration numbers grow each week. Keep at it and I’ll talk to you next week!
Director of Communications
Democracy Works, makers of TurboVote