By Brandon Naylor
I’m sure you’re wrapping up the school year, so I’ll keep this implementer update brief and to the point.
Last Call for CLDE RSVPs
You might remember from previous updates that the TurboVote partnerships team will be at the 2016 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting taking place June 2-4 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana. We will be hosting a Voter Engagement Symposium Thursday, June 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Lunch will be provided, since saving democracy tends to work up quite the appetite. If you know you’ll be attending this symposium, we ask that you RSVP here as soon as possible.
A few months ago, we told you about IT integration and how incorporating TurboVote into your college or university technology can yield great results. Well, we’ve had our first use case and the results are pretty amazing. Lone Star College, a community college system with 6 campuses in Texas, became a TurboVote partner last year and almost immediately started finding ways to bring their IT department into the mix. As a result, Lone Star posted a call-to-action banner on their student portal to register through TurboVote and, over the last week, have had over 1,000 signups! That’s good enough to vault them into first place on our Top 25 Leaderboard.
Another partner, Dominican University, also recently integrated a TurboVote link into their open-source learning platform, Moodle.
IT integration is the single most effective way to get signups through TurboVote, so I encourage you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get started today! It’s probably simpler than you think and you can get the ball rolling to have it completed in time for the fall semester.
Guest Blog Post: Competition in athletic conference breeds voter registration enthusiasm
Joseph Wozniak, former TurboVote Summer Associate and rockstar implementer at Mercer University, recently wrote a guest post for the Democracy Works blog. He details how he used the innate competitive spirit surrounding collegiate athletics and turned it into a voter registration drive that stretched across an entire conference. Check out the post and be sure to contact our partnerships team to discuss how you might be able to implement something similar!
As previously mentioned, we have a new #1! Lone Star jumped into first in dramatic fashion, but not to be outdone, Notre Dame, Kennesaw State, and the University of Virginia continue to add to their totals at the top. We’re at the end of the school year, so we expect to see these numbers drop off a little. That makes this an excellent time to make sure your voter engagement plan is all set for this summer and next school year so you can see your school’s name rocket up the leaderboards!
Leaderboards, since Jan. 1, 2016, TurboVote signups only:
- Lone Star College - 1273
- University of Notre Dame - 1122
- Kennesaw State University - 1109
- The University of Virginia - 1032
- University of Maryland - 918
- West Chester University - 852
- California Polytechnic State University - 835
- UNC Charlotte - 799
- Boston College - 797
- University of Missouri-Columbia - 773
- Brigham Young University - 737
- Macomb Community College - 684
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro - 455
- Washington University in St. Louis - 394
- Northeastern State University - 392
- Miami Dade College - 391
- Northeastern Illinois University - 365
- Boston University - 346
- James Madison University - 335
- The University of Chicago - 323
- DePaul University - 318
- William Paterson University - 302
- Pennsylvania State University - 296
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Senate - 282
- St. Petersburg College - 280
I love seeing all those completed signups, implementers! I look forward to what you all have in store for the next leaderboards and keep up the good work!
Director of Communications
Democracy Works, makers of TurboVote