Dear Partner,

Renee Bricker and Nathan Price at the University of North Georgia are the lead research team for the TurboVote IT Integration Research Project. 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. 

Why should you participate?  Your experiences with IT at your institution provide invaluable insight that only you have. We want to hear from those who most directly interact with on-campus IT infrastructure. 

Perhaps you might consider participating because your experiences have been particularly frustrating or rewarding. By sharing, you will help to illuminate the higher education landscape of IT integration and voting tools.  

Maybe you’re unclear what IT stands for and aren’t sure whether your institution even has an entire IT department. Is the IT department just one person? Where are they located, anyway? If this sounds familiar, participation in this survey will add to everyone’s understanding of the variations among campus environments. 

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 and fill out this simple survey.  

Who are we?

Renee Bricker and Nathan Price at the University of North Georgia are the lead research team for the TurboVote IT Integration Research Project supported by the Rapoport Foundation. 

Bricker earned a doctorate in history at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 2010.  She is trained in early modern British and European history and gender.  She has written about using social media to teach early modern history. She served as co-director of eCitizenship, an ADP initiative, and has studied citizenship in the early modern historical context. She is a recipient of an NEH Enduring Questions award that explores the question of peace together with three other UNG faculty.  She is also an early and enthusiastic champion of TurboVote at North Georgia. 

To come at American youth voting practices from a background in early modern European history may seem an unlikely development, but it draws our attention to the gravity of voting in our civic polity.  Besides the contributions of historical context and experience in historical research qualitative analyses, she draws upon early experiences in national and statewide political campaigns. 

Nathan Price earned a Ph. D. in political science with a concentration in European politics from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2012. While at LSU, Price taught classes in comparative politics and Western European politics and served as a faculty member for the 2012 LSU program in London and Edinburgh. Currently a lecturer of political science at the University of North Georgia, he brings a background rich in qualitative analysis from his role as a supervisor at the public policy research lab at Louisiana State University. 

Price’s research interests include the examination of perceptions of a democratic deficit in the European Union with an eye to voting behavior in Western Europe. He has a particular interest in far-right, nationalist parties.  

Together Bricker and Price hold a determined commitment to the right to vote and the access to exercise that right. This is why this current effort by Democracy Works and TurboVote to study IT integration with voting tools in campus environments is exciting, meaningful, and an honor.