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Election Day Reflection 2012

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

On Tuesday, November 6th — just over a week ago — I awoke at 4 a.m. in order to keep one of the personal civic commitments I made for 2012. (You can read a previous blog post about ADP’s civic commitments here.) It was dark and cold as I walked the length of my cul de sac to join other members of my Hume Springs neighborhood in Alexandria,VA at the Cora Kelly Community Center.

Why was I awake so early? I made a personal civic commitment — read: New Year’s resolution intended to benefit my community — to volunteer in a non-partisan manner on Election Day (something I hadn’t done since I was in graduate school during the 2004 election).

I signed up at my county election board office,  attended a three-hour training in late October, and was sworn in as an election officer at about 5 a.m. on Election Day. I appeared to be the youngest of the Election officials in my precinct (and in my training session), and enjoyed meeting other members of my community as deeply committed to strengthening our democratic processes and ensuring individuals’ rights to vote were met.

Jen Domagal-Goldman in the voting booth with her mother as a child.I spent approximately 16 hours meeting, welcoming, and thanking fellow members of my community as they stood in line to complete and cast their ballots. At the voter information station I explained how the new paper ballots (which would be electronically scanned) worked as well as the new VA Voter ID law (which, while requiring either a voter registration card or some other form of ID — including, but not limited to a drivers license, Student ID card from a VA educational institution, passport, government employee ID, is relatively less constraining than many of the new voter ID laws sweeping the nation).

My favorite role, however, was handing out “I voted” stickers — not only to voters, but often to their young children who accompanied them to the polls. Did you know that one of the best ways to ensure young voters exercise their right to vote is to bring the to the polls as children? Maybe that’s why I’m so committed to acting on my right and responsibility to participate in our electoral process and to ensure that fellow citizens are also able to exercise their right to vote (see embedded photo of me “voting” with my mom and younger sister in the 1980s in Central New York).

At the end of the day I was exhausted, yet proud of myself and my community. I am equally impressed with and proud of the Election 2012 educational and programming activities of ADP member campuses — together we helped to register and get-out-to-vote a population of politically informed and engaged college students. You can learn more about various campus election programming in these previous blog posts.

I encourage ADP campuses to consider ways of encouraging students to volunteer as election workers in the future. For me it was a great learning experience and a fabulous way to contribute to my community and our democracy. (Check out Missouri Western State University’s Poll Worker training guide.)

Tag and Share Tomorrow with ADP: Instagram Your Election Day Pics #ADPelect12

By Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project

ADP I Voted Sticker Instagrammed

As The American Democracy Project proudly announced via Facebook and Twitter this morning, you can now find us on Instagram. Be sure to follow @adpaacscu on your Instagram app today because you won’t want to miss how we are celebrating our new social media channel and the 2012 election.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, as you get your democracy on at the ballot boxes, make sure you keep your smartphone, fully-loaded with the Instagram app, ready to go because we want you to tag and share in the name of #ADPelect12. ADP wants to showcase how our member campuses across the country are promoting voting and civic engagement this Election Day, and we are asking you to help by snapping a picture of democracy in action and sharing it via Instagram with the hashtags #ADPelect12 and #ADPcampus. Also, don’t forget to mention your school or ADP (@adpaascu) when you are Instagram-ing your Election Day spirit.

Later this week, we will be picking and announcing our favorites, as well as a reminding you all to visit our #ADPelect12 Instagrid hashtag gallery here to view in full all of the ADP Election Day Instagram pics.

Remember to snag your ADP Election Day Facebook Flare here  and head to the polls tomorrow.

Happy Voting!

Not sure how Instagram works? Check out these quick tips and tricks here.

More ADP Election Flare Available — Get yours now!

By Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project

vote. i dare you.

Last week, Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager for AASCU’s American Democracy Project, shared with us her early voting experiences and flaunted ADP’s new flare—an electronic “I Voted” sticker—on her Facebook page.

This week, ADP is pleased to announce that it has just uploaded an entire Facebook album filled with ways to display your Election Day spirit, including that sticker as well as some rockin’ democratic timeline cover photos.

To get the sticker for your profile pic or to download one of our new timeline cover photos, check out our Election Flare Facebook album here.

And remember, Tuesday, November 6th, get yourself and your friends to the polls if you have not already done so. Have your say. Cast your vote.

You’ll find other Voting Resources on the ADP website here.

1st National Voter Registration Day

Yesterday, September 25, 2012 was the first ever National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) in the U.S. ADP was proud to partner with NVRD and excited that 14 ADP campuses officially partnered with NVRD to register new voters! Many other campuses are sponsoring on-going voter registration efforts. Get out the vote! You’ll find more voting resources here: http://www.aascu.org/programs/ADP/resources/voting/

National Voter Registration Day |  http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out.

On September 25, 2012, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who we could not reach otherwise.

What It Means

• Volunteers at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting, and concerts.
• Technology to help eligible voters find registration drives nearby.
• A network of grassroots, local organizations engaged in their own communities.
• Tens of thousands of voters registering to vote online and offline in a single day.

What It Will Accomplish

• Register Voters: A network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media will register tens of thousands of voters in the field and tens of thousands more online–while also receiving pledges to vote from the already registered.
• Mobilize Volunteers: By engaging nonprofits not usually engaged in voter registration drives and amplifying existing drives through event-based recruitment and cultural outreach, National Voter Registration Day will bring thousands of additional volunteer voter registrars into the field just when we need them most.
• Educate Eligible Voters: Millions of voters need to register and re-register every year. By utilizing new technology and leveraging cultural partners, we’ll educate more Americans than ever before, bringing new voters into the fold.
• Change the Conversation: National Voter Registration Day will be an opportunity to put our differences aside and celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans.

National Voter Registration Day has been made possible in part by a working group of organizations providing coordination and support. These organizations include, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Education Fund, Bus Federation Civic Fund, Fair Elections Legal Network, League of Women Voters, Nonprofit Vote, and Voto Latino.

ADP Campuses Participating in the 1st National Voter Registration Day (according to the NVRD website):

  1. California State University Dominguez Hills
  2. California State University Monterey Bay
  3. California State University Northridge
  4. California State University San Bernadino
  5. California State University, Chico
  6. California State University, Stanislaus
  7. Keene State College
  8. Kentucky State University
  9. Morehead State University
  10. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  11. Towson University
  12. University of Nebraska Kearney
  13. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  14. Winona State University Student Senate

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