What: Civic Tech in Higher Ed Webinar
When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Who: Hosted by icitizen and TurboVote
Why: We’ll share strategies on how to deploy civic tech effectively at your school. These leading practices will help you engage your community in civic learning during election season. After all, your students will be back on campus soon (or already are)!
Civic tech has been getting a ton of buzz(feed) worthy coverage lately and has helped shape the polling landscape during this election cycle. Even President Obama has endorsed civic tech and our polls have been cited in the NYT!
Please join us in welcoming Verdis Robinson as the new interim national manager of The Democracy Commitment (TDC). TDC, as you know, is our sister community college civic learning and democratic engagement project.
New TDC interim national manager Verdis Robinson at #CLDE16.
Verdis comes to the position as a tenured assistant professor having taught writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning history courses at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for ten years. In addition to serving as MCC’s The Democracy Commitment (TDC) campus coordinator since the beginning of the initiative, he has served on TDC national steering committee and on the advisory council for the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative.
Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s faculty seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ faculty seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. Additionally, he is the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project that created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the 1964 Race Riots, which has engaged over 300 members of Rochester community in discussion and learning.
Verdis holds a B.M. in voice performance from Boston University, a B.S. and an M.A. in history from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.
You can read a message from Verdis here.
Our friends at Tufts’ Institute for Democracy & Higher Education have extended the deadline for college and universities to sign up for the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)!
Colleges and universities who are not already participating in NSLVE can sign up now through August 1 in order to receive their 2012 and 2014 voter registration and turnout data ahead of this year’s election. They can expect to receive their reports by the end of September.
You can view NSLVE’s list of Participating Campuses to see if your college or university is already a part of the study. If you are already participating, but you don’t know who has access to the report, you can fill out the inquiry form found here.
We cannot emphasize enough how informative NSLVE reports are for campuses. These reports break down voting rates for each campus by age group, education level, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and voting method. Here is a sample NSLVE report, in case you are not familiar with them.
Again, this is a free report for campuses and they do not have to do anything other than sign an authorization form in order to receive this report. We’ve included steps below that you can share with college administrators on how to sign up.
Interested in signing up for NSLVE? It’s easy!
STEP 1: Download the authorization form here (it will be valid through August 2018)
STEP 2: Sign the form and choose one person on your campus to be the report recipient (typically, a President, Vice President, Dean of the college, Provost, Registrar or Institutional Research Director signs the form, but this is always unique at each campus)
STEP 3: Email a scanned copy of the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the first thing you do when you realize there’s an election coming? If you’re like most people, you probably open a search engine and search “where’s my polling place?” or “what’s on my ballot?” To make sure you can find this information and trust what you find, The Pew Charitable Trusts partnered with election officials and Google in 2008 to create the Voting Information Project (VIP) to give voters access to the information they need to cast a ballot on or before Election Day.
VIP has already provided election information for 44 elections, including 29 presidential preference primaries, and helped more than 3.4 million people find their polling place and ballot information via Facebook, presidential campaigns on both sides of the aisle, media websites, third party groups, and more, including our own website! VIP provides free tools that anyone can use or promote to help their constituents find accurate, official voting information without requiring any personally identifiable information. In addition, all of VIP’s information is published via the Google Civic Information API, which is open source and free for anyone to use
- The Voting Information Tool is mobile-friendly, customizable tool that can be placed on your website. It provides official voting information, including polling locations, to anyone using just a residential address and is available in 16 languages. You can try the customizer to see how easy it is to use and to design the tool exactly how you want it to look, or the tool itself is open source and can be customized even further.
- White-label iOS and Android mobile apps that can be customized, branded, and released by state and local governments. The apps are available in Spanish and English, and are both open source (iOS and Android).
- A short messaging service (SMS) tool provides voters with election information via text message in 10 languages. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find their polling place or dropbox location, contact information for a local election official, and a link to check voter registration status. Although it isn’t customizable, anyone is welcome to promote it.
- GettothePolls.com is a joint effort of Pew and the Internet Association. The site allows voters to enter their addresses and find the location and hours of their polling place and ballot and candidate information. Anyone can promote or link to this website.
If you or your organization has questions about VIP, please contact email@example.com and follow VIP on Twitter!