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By Vivian Agnew, Student Co-Coordinator, Fort Hays State University ADP
On Tuesday, March 24th, the FHSU ADP hosted an election forum for City Commission and the USD 489 Board of Education. Planning for the forum began in October of the previous semester.
We invited the Fort Hays State Department of Political Science, College of Education and Technology, Student Government Association, as well as our community partners the Hays Chamber of Commerce to assist us in those early planning stages and to eventually help us to directly facilitate the forum. We also worked with the local internet provider, Eagle Communications, to live stream the event and to tape it to play on one of our local news channels.
Our moderators, Dr. Larry Gould a Political Science Professor, and Dr. Deborah Ludwig, Director of Forsyth Library at FHSU, joined us later in the following semester to help us tweak scripts and comb through the questions we’d been collecting from students and community members through our weekly Tiger Talkback initiative, and tabling in our student union.
Our Tiger Talkback is a question concerning current political events at local, state, or national levels, posted to our Twitter and in the student union on campus; students can respond to the question is a public way, which we hope prompts Civic Engagement by a way of discussion and greater interest in the issue as a whole. We asked students what kind of questions they’d ask of the City Commission and BOE, and got some really great responses. In all of our advertising materials we also including an email address that Eagle Communications helped us set up, so that community members could also ask questions.
About a week before the forum we collected all the questions (there were quite a few of them) and went through them to see what kinds of things our community wanted us to ask the candidates for each race. It took a lot of planning, but the event was a huge success. Student participation wasn’t super high, but the larger Hays community came accounted for a huge majority of the audience.
Patrick Lowry, the head news editor of Hays Daily News commented, “That was the largest attendance at a forum that I have seen in years.” Morgan Lawrence – my co-coordinator – and I were really pleased with the event; all of our hard work resulted in a forum that was informative and engaging, and helped to promote Civic Engagement on campus and in the city of Hays, Kansas. If you are interested in watching our forum, click on this link to a recorded version: http://www.hayspost.com/2015/03/25/hays-cityusd-489-candidate-forum-watch-replay/.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) recently received a grant to study college student voting rates. 260 universities and colleges have already signed up including 43 of AASCU’s ADP campuses.
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) presents an unprecedented opportunity for your campus to learn in aggregate numbers:
- how many of your students are eligible to register to vote
- how many registered and/or voted, and where (locally or elsewhere)
- the way your students voted (regular or absentee ballot).
To see a sample of a report you would receive, click here.
By participating in this study, your campus will also help build a national database for future research. CIRCLE will be working with de-identified student lists, so your students’ privacy rights are fully protected. This is not a survey!
If you are interested, you can also correlate voting with specific demographic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level. CIRCLE has also been able to provide peer comparisons by Carnegie classification. To join the study, you must sign up by April 10th 2014 (click here for more details).
Beyond joining the study, NSLVE is offering a unique opportunity for you to learn what you can do with this data and share what information you would like to know in the future. Join this conversation by attending a free webinar on Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
To join the webinar:
- Connect via the Web at: https://aascu.adobeconnect.com/ete-nslve/
- Call via telephone for the audio portion: 1-719-387-8317 OR 1-866-642-1665 (Participant Code: 499385)
EveryVote 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 www.everyvote.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find the personalized help to get you get started.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.