Posts Tagged 'Elections'

New Tool for Your Campus’ Student Elections

EveryVote ScreenshotEveryVote University is a free service that makes it easy for any student organization to post election information and candidate biographies online. The goal is to increase voter turnout in university elections by helping student organizations improve their outreach over social media.

EveryVote election pages are fully-functional on computer, tablet, and mobile devices, and no web design skills are needed to create a page.

To see a sample EveryVote election page, click here.

EveryVote was recently used by Northern Illinois University’s Student Association, and will be used for NIU’s Homecoming King and Queen election, to be held on October 9th. To view the NIU Student Association election page, click here.

If your school or student organization would like to share election information online, you can create your own pages now at, or email to find the personalized help to get you get started.

An Opportunity for Tomorrow: The State of Student Voting

The State of Student Voting: From Shelby County to North Carolina
Tuesday, September 10
2 to 3 p.m. ET

 We are organizing a call to examine the state of student voting.
Please RSVP to

Student participation was strong in 2012, but going forward there will be a number of challenges to maintaining or increasing youth participation. In 2014, new restrictions will be in place, there won’t be the election buzz of a presidential election, and fewer resources will be devoted to turning out students. To avoid the dramatic drop off we saw in 2010, students need information about rule changes, how to comply, and registration and voting procedures. To effectively communicate all of this information, institutions of higher education and student organizations also need to join the effort.

Please join the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project tomorrow, Tues., Sept. 10 from 2 – 3 p.m., EDT for a discussion on the state of student voting. The call will feature speakers from Fair Elections Legal Network, Campus Vote Project, the Bus Federation and Rock the Vote and will highlight:

  • A review of Shelby County, other major court decisions, and recent legislation impacting student voters;
  • What may be on the horizon;
  • Successful efforts by colleges and students to promote and protect student voting; and
  • Messaging and other efforts, such as National Voter Registration Day, that will help engage students during the off year while preparing for an important 2014 election cycle.

This call is intended to move the conversation toward 2014. Campus Vote Project is planning a strategy meeting, early next year, to explore different topics concerning student voters. Through your participation in this presentation and discussion, we hope to identify the issues and topics that would be most useful to address at the 2014 winter conference.

To RSVP or if you have questions, please email Erica Evans at

#CelebrateNVRD on Tuesday, September 24!

NVRD I'm Registered Sticker

Use this graphic to create stickers, buttons and other giveaways to create awareness for NVRD 2013

September is going to be a busy month: back-to-school, Labor Day, Constitution Day and the second annual National Voter Registration Day.

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a non-partisan effort, is Tuesday, September 24, 2013; mark your calendars!

Last year, over 300,000 Americans registered to vote through NVRD partner locations and websites. In just a few short weeks, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will once again hit the streets for this important civic event. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities.

Youth participation in elections drops sharply in off-year and mid-term elections, but college and university administrators, faculty, staff and students can help to reverse that trend. Registering to vote and updating registration information regularly is essential to increasing electoral participation of college students because they are often first-time voters who move frequently.

Will your campus participate?

To get involved, first you should sign up to participate in National Voter Registration Day by clicking Partner with Us at

Then you should consider helping to organize a voter registration event on your campus or link your existing event to NVRD to take advantage of the many resources the coalition has to offer and to see your event listed on the NVRD national map.

You will find additional resources, including samples and communications to leverage in the National Voter Registration Day Communications Toolkit, which can be found at

Lastly, you can take advantage of two calls in the beginning of September. The first will be regarding communications at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT on Monday, September 9, 2013. The second will be about voter registration events and will be held at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. These are great opportunities to get questions answered and brainstorm about your participation in NVRD. To participate in either of these calls, go to and enter 3578683 in the Participant Access Code box on the top left-side of the page. To get audio along with the webinar, call (866) 740-1260 and enter 3578683#.

For more information about National Voter Registration Day, contact Dan Vicuna at or go to   

Partner Spotlight: Overseas Vote Foundation

Overseas Vote Foundation LogoThe Overseas Vote Foundation  released their latest newsletter not too long ago, and we wanted to share with you links to the content of said newsletter and encourage you to sign up here as it has excellent elections information and research.

Features and Articles in this issue include the following:

Happy reading!

ADP at IUSB to Co-Sponsor Congressional Candidate Debate

From an IUSB Press Release:

ADP at IUSB Election 2012 Event Schedule (

The American Democracy Project and Political Science Club of Indiana University South Bend and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area are moving ahead with the third bi-annual Second District Congressional Candidate Debate to be televised live on WNIT-TV on Sunday, October 28thfrom 6-7:30 p.m. Participants will include Democratic candidate Brendan Mullen and Libertarian candidate Joe Ruiz. Republican candidate Jackie Walorski has declined to participate.

In 2008, these same groups hosted a (WNIT) televised debate between Democratic candidate, Joe Donnelly, and Republican candidate Luke Puckett.

In 2010, they hosted candidates Joe Donnelly (D), Jackie Walorski (R), and Mark Vogel (L).

The Second District Congressional Candidate Debate is part of a larger Fall 2012 debate series hosted by the American Democracy Project and League of Women Voters, which features St. Joseph County candidates for the positions of surveyor, treasurer, recorder, probate judge, and commissioner.

The American Democracy Project and League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area have become well-known locally for hosting candidate debates in races of importance to local voters. For example, last fall (2011), the same organizations hosted debates for Mishawaka Mayor, South Bend Common Council, and South Bend Mayor. Recent candidates for the offices of sheriff, prosecutor, state legislator, and county council have also participated in the ADP/LWV debates. “We are at the stage now where both Republican and Democratic candidates have begun calling us to ask if we can host a debate for their political race,” said Elizabeth Bennion, who is the lead organizer for the events.

According to Dr. Bennion, a political science professor who serves as Campus Director of the American Democracy Project at Indiana University South Bend, the Second District debate has been in the planning stages since July.According to Bennion, the coalition always planned to move ahead with the debate once at least two candidates accepted. “Brendan Mullen and Joe Ruiz accepted our invitations quickly and enthusiastically. We have been waiting since July to receive a confirmation from the Walorski campaign.”

Bennion noted that she contacted Ms. Walorski, communications director Elizabeth Guyton, and campaign manager Brendon DelToro on Tuesday, September 11th to let them know that the sponsors planned to move ahead with the debate with or without Walorski. After receiving an email reply from Mr. DelToro stating that the campaign would be reviewing invitations on Saturday, September 15th, Bennion—still hoping for an affirmative response—promised that she would not confirm a final date until Monday (9/24/12). The Walorski campaign’s response came on Monday, September 24th, the same day the campaign issued a press release indicating that they had agreed to participate in a WSBT radio debate and a Wabash County Chamber of Commerce debate. (Details for these events are not yet finalized).

As a political science professor who studies and teaches about election campaigns, Bennion notes that there are many factors a campaign must consider when determining which invitations to accept. “I understand the many factors that a campaign manager considers when deciding which debate invitations and public appearances to accept. Ultimately, it is the right of the Walorski campaign to accept or reject any invitation. However, as Campus Director of the American Democracy Project, I am eager to give voters an opportunity to hear the candidates on their ballot and compare them side-by-side. The American Democracy Project and the League of Women Voters support engaged and informed citizenship. There is no better way for voters to quickly understand the differences between candidates than to hear the candidates answer issue-based questions in their own words in a face-to-face debate. Our record hosting a wide range of candidate forums reflects this belief and demonstrates our commitment to informed and engaged citizenship.” Bennion notes that the decision to partner with WNIT also reflect this philosophy by opening up the debates to people without cable TV or home Internet access.

Bennion stressed that she would be thrilled if Ms. Walorski decides that her schedule will, in fact, allow her to participate in the televised debate. “There is a podium waiting for her, if she is able to join us. We plan to host every two years with whichever candidates accept our invitation. This year’s debate would certainly be enriched by the participation of all three candidates.” “Jackie Walorski is the current front-runner in this race. Voters are eager to hear what she has to say. She is a strong campaigner and we welcome her participation in the debate.”

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