By Brandon Naylor
The beginning of summer is here. I hope you’re taking the opportunity to relax a little, but June has shaped up to be pretty exciting at TurboVote. Let me share what we’ve been up to.
CLDE in Indy
I’d like to start off by thanking you for the outstanding turnout to the 2016 TurboVote Voter Engagement Symposium at CLDE. It looks like all that constant harassment to register worked! Attendance for the symposium was actually over capacity, but we accommodated on the fly and couldn’t have been more impressed with the energy of everyone there. After some discussion around voter engagement strategies and an exciting update from Cathy McLaughlin of Harvard University’s IOP, we dove right into the main event.
Votes & Ballots, the latest craze in high-stakes gaming, was a hit! All participants were divided up to represent fictitious colleges and universities tasked with creating impactful voter engagement plans, while dealing with challenges and opportunities along the way. How do you contend with the academic calendar when registering students? How do you create excitement around every election? How can you incorporate voter registration into the IT landscape of your campus? These questions were thrown at our participants and they came up with some excellent responses. In the end, Pawnee Community College was named the victor (congrats!), though it was the exchange of ideas that really impressed the TurboVote team. Hearing from different partners from across the country tell us what works for them (and what doesn’t) is invaluable to making sure we’re reaching as many potential voters as possible. Thank you to everyone that participated and we hope to see even more folks next year.
Free webinar for government relations
Please join AASCU & TurboVote for a webinar, Leveraging New Technology to Facilitate Campus Civic Engagement, on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. During the program, representatives from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will share strategies for how government relations professionals can be advocates for civic engagement work on campus and help coordinate campus groups into a single engagement campaign. If you aren’t the government relations person at your institution, please feel free to forward this invitation along to the appropriate individual, though all are welcome to attend.
I always love to see movement in the leaderboards, because that means you’re out there promoting voter registration in one way or another. I’d like to welcome Stanford to the Top 25! I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the meteoric rise of Lone Star College, adding 433 sign-ups in a matter of a couple of weeks and now sitting at #1 overall. How’d they do it? Well, adding a TurboVote link to their student portal, as mentioned in the last implementer update, probably doesn’t hurt! Now might be a good time to email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can do something similar. Let’s also get some eyes on #2 Cal Poly, everyone. 486 in two weeks. To quote Emily, our partner support associate, “Cal Poly, comin' in hot!” Other risers include West Chester University with 56 and Miami Dade with 39 additional signups. Keep up the good work, all!
Leaderboards, since Jan. 1, 2016, TurboVote signups only:
- Lone Star College - 1706
- California Polytechnic State University - 1321
- University of Notre Dame - 1121
- Kennesaw State University - 1109
- The University of Virginia - 1032
- West Chester University - 968
- University of Maryland - 918
- UNC Charlotte - 799
- Boston College - 798
- University of Missouri-Columbia - 774
- Brigham Young University - 738
- Macomb Community College - 684
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro - 456
- Miami Dade College - 430
- Washington University in St. Louis - 395
- Northeastern State University - 392
- Northeastern Illinois University - 365
- Boston University - 346
- James Madison University - 335
- William Paterson University - 330
- The University of Chicago - 323
- DePaul University - 319
- St. Petersburg College - 305
- Stanford University - 304
- Pennsylvania State University - 296
How will you move the needle as the mercury rises? Summer is a great time to plan your push for new and returning students in the fall. Give us a shout if you’d like to talk over what your voter engagement plan looks like (or if you need to create a new one from scratch).
Director of Communications
Democracy Works, makers of TurboVote