Author: Davis, Crystal D
Date published: March 29, 2012
A new voting initiative teams college students with local election officials and college administrators in an attempt to keep students informed of their voting rights. The Campus Vote Project, part of the Fair Elections Legal Network, aims to help students overcome barriers to voting at a time when states are tightening voter ID requirements, residency laws and registration deadlines, making it harder for students to cast ballots. The project offers guides to students and college administrators on some best practices, such as at the University of California system, where students are offered voter registration forms to complete when they register for classes. Other guides offer tips to college administrators on how to bring a polling place on campus and how to get students to off-campus polls. Partners in the project include the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Black Youth Vote, among others. "Our democracy works best when everyone participates," Robert Brandon, president of the Fair Elections Legal Network, wrote in a blog post. "We have a special obligation to young people to encourage them to participate in the most fundamental pillar of our democracy."
- Compiled by Crystal D. Davis and Diverse Staff