I’m looking into the future and there you are, finishing the academic year strong and already prepared for the fall with a voter engagement plan you developed with our partnerships team…!
In the next few minutes, I see...all new things. A new opportunity, a new partner university, and most exciting of all...NEW LEADERBOARDS!
By now, you know about Tufts University’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). A free service, NSLVE measures student registration and voting rates and provides each participating campus with a tailored report containing those rates broken down by age, class level, race/ethnicity, gender, voting method, and voting location. See a sample report here. Participation is free, confidential, easy, and protective of student privacy. This is your last chance before the 2016 election to join more than 800 colleges and universities nationwide that have already learned their rates for 2012 and 2014. This is not a survey! All you need to do is submit this authorization form. For more information, visit the NSLVE web site and be sure to submit your form by April 15, 2016.
New Partner Spotlight: Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame joins the TurboVote ranks as a new partner for 2016 and we couldn’t be more excited. We think they’re pretty serious, too — in the short time they’ve been a partner, they’ve already managed to sign up 504 students!
The effort to bring TurboVote to ND’s campus was really from the ground up. It was spearheaded by a task force comprised of 15 students from different political and civic groups that decided they needed to explore technology options for voter registration and engagement. They worked in conjunction with the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the Center for Social Concerns, and Office of Public Affairs and Communications as part of the ND Votes ’16 campaign, which takes a nonpartisan stance in its effort to promote informed civic and political engagement among students. But rather than simply having TurboVote and hoping students used it, the task force ensured a plan was in place to give Notre Dame the best chance to succeed in voter registration. There is one student in each residence hall who is trying to engage their neighbors to sign up and a letter was sent by the administration to describe the importance of voter registration. Whatever they are doing, it’s working, judging by their impressive position on the leaderboard below.
And it seems the sky is the limit for their expectations! Their goals for this year are to sign up as many students as possible, engage students in relevant political issues, and to challenge their students to learn what it means to become engaged overall. And, Notre Dame also is making TurboVote available to their faculty and staff. Do you have a plan for the rest of this academic year and how you plan to reach students in this important election year? Share your thoughts or brainstorm some new ideas by emailing our partnerships team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re only two months into 2016 and we’ve already got one partner with more than a thousand sign-ups and even more partners hitting the mid-triple digits! To give you some idea of scale, the leader after the 2015 November elections had 1,702, so this is shaping up to be a most impressive year. I want to see the Top 25 start putting up ridiculous numbers for the rest of 2016!
Leaderboard, Total Sign-ups (since January 1), February 8:
- Kennesaw State University - 1083
- University of Notre Dame - 504
- Macomb Community College - 442
- James Madison University - 279
- Northeastern State University - 206
- Broward College - 197
- Seminole State College - 173
- University of Missouri-Columbia - 147
- The University of Chicago - 139
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro - 115
- California Polytechnic State University - 103
- Pomona College - 98
- Stanford University - 93
- UNC Charlotte - 81
- Lone Star College - 74
- University of North Georgia - 73
- Boston University - 59
- Illinois State University - 55
- Piedmont Virginia Community College - 55
- The College of William & Mary - 54
- Fort Hays State University - 52
- The Associated Students of Michigan State University - 49
- Clarkson University - 46
- Northeastern Illinois University - 46
- The College Hill Alliance/Mercer University - 40
Ok, truth time...I’m a terrible fortune teller and I didn’t actually see you in my crystal ball. So if you didn’t notice yourself on the leaderboard or think you can get even higher in the rankings, you need to contact our partnerships team and make sure you have an implementation plan for the rest of spring, the summer, and this fall to put yourself in the best position to succeed.
Thanks for all your hard work and until next month!
Director of Communications
Democracy Works, makers of TurboVote