Election Day 2012: ADP Campus Programming Round-Up
By Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project
Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Election Day. Known to many as the most demonstrative display of our country’s democracy. Known to others as the culminating experience of the wearisome political advertisements…at least for a few years. And known to American Democracy Project campuses across the country as an opportunity to politically inform and engage our citizen students.
The following ADP colleges and universities responded to a recent survey or informed us about their Election 2012 efforts, and we encourage you to keep reading to find out more about the goals and specifics of their programming.
Regarding goals and/or learning outcomes for Election 2012 programming, ADP campuses identified the following:
- Build a sense of energy and excitement around participation in Election 2012
- Register students to vote
- Have as many people as possible signed up with TurboVote
- Host community debate and Election Night watch parties and events
- Recruit student poll workers
- Inform and educate students about the following: hot-button election issues; the Electoral College; the offices and issues on the ballot; the importance of constitutions and amendments to them; election ethics
- Create a sense of efficacy in student political participation
- Help students understand their connection to local, statewide, and national politics
- Engage students in meaningful political discussions
- Provide students with clear examples of political engagement
- Deepen the culture of political engagement on campus
- Foster connections among engaged students, faculty, staff, alumni, etc.
- Analyze the election results—the how’s and why’s of the results
Below are some highlights from a few of our campus across the United States:
Kennesaw State University
This ADP campus has launched an entire webpage dedicated to voter resources. To view these resources, click here.
Lander University used Constitution Day as a jumping off point for their Election 2012 activities. One of their activities included student audio Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) promos. Download and listen to one here.
Salisbury University focused on voter registration and held registration tables every Wednesday, as well as a Volunteer Voter Registration seminar in order to get its student population registered to vote. This ADP campus also held a Presidential Debate Watch Party on October 16, 2012, for students to watch the debate in a compelling and educational setting.
Texas A&M University – Central Texas
TAMU-Central Texas participated in the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012.
This ADP campus utilized a customized TurboVote site to allow anyone with a Towson domain in their email to register to vote quickly and receive email and text reminders about their respective polling place, deadlines, rules, absentee ballot forms, etc. Towson also hosted a myriad of events that provide students with opportunities to discover what party they most identify with and to help them find nonpartisan information on candidates. http://www.towson.edu/studentaffairs/civicengagement/politicalEngagement/index.asp
University of Central Oklahoma
For the third year in a row, the University of Central Oklahoma won the Oklahoma Campus Compact voter registration contest. In addition, this year the campus hosted a special naturalization ceremony welcoming the chief judge and three other judges from the U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, and 125 new citizens to our campus. The university also plans to release the Oklahoma Civic Health Index on November 16, 2012. http://www.okhighered.org/okcampuscompact/
University of Maryland Baltimore County
The University of Maryland envisioned big public events centered around watching and interpreting the presidential and vice presidential debates and Election Night. At the culminating Election Night Extravaganza, the ADP campus expects to host 1,000 or more members of the campus community along with public officials.
University of Minnesota Duluth
Like many of our other ADP campuses, the University of Minnesota Duluth wanted to register more of its students to vote. This university also utilized resources from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, the League of Women Voters, the candidates themselves, and local non-profit advocacy groups to help inform and educate their students. http://www.d.umn.edu/student-life/consumer-information/voter-registration/
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
This ADP campus’ website gives the basics on how to navigate through the voter registration process. http://www.uwosh.edu/adp/elections
University of Central Missouri
In September, this university focused on voter registration. This ADP campus kicked off Election Season with a Rock-the-Vote event featuring music, games, prizes, food, and campus and community leaders who gave 1-minute GOTV talks. Throughout the month, the campus planned to conduct over 175 in-class peer-to-peer voter registration programs, in addition to residence hall and student organization programs and tabling events. In October, the University of Central Missouri focused on voter awareness and mobilization. It hosted debate watches with pre- and post-debate panel discussions, candidate forums for state legislative and U.S. House races, and a voter information fair featuring local candidates. It also held its own debate and featured the debate team discussing the ballot issues. This campus also planned to host an Election Night watch party with the possibility of Skyping in some national level speakers for commentary.
Weber State University
Weber State had specific goals regarding student participation in the election. This ADP campus wanted to register 3000 people to vote and, the only campus reporting to us having focused on this, recruit 60 students to work as poll workers in the local counties.
William Paterson University
As featured in a previous blog post, William Paterson University planned an extensive youth voter registration campaign called “YV2K12″—Youth Vote 2012. They designed both posters and graphic tees to promote the campaign.
To read more about what our ADP campuses have been up to this fall, be sure to check the blog later this week for an ADP in the News post. Also, if you haven’t already, take a look at how our ADP debate tweet-ups went here.