On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, National Voter Registration Day, James Madison University officially launched it’s new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement.
The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement will provide critical support for the University’s efforts to be a national model for civic engagement and to advance the legacy of James Madison; ensure strategic visibility for the University’s civic engagement efforts; track and record curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular civic engagement activities; funnel data to and from different units on camps as a one-stop civic engagement resource center; and disseminate information broadly to both internal and external constituents.
More than 50 guests — faculty, staff and students — gathered in Madison Union to hear remarks from inaugural executive director and associate professor of political science Abe Goldberg; JMU president Jon Alger; ADP’s Jen Domagal-Goldman; the Center’s associate director, Bill Wilson; and student Samantha Cantrell from the student government association. Samantha and President Alger then registered a student to vote during the ceremony.
JMU has played an increasingly prominent role in our American Democracy Project and is being awarded one of AASCU’s three inaugural Civic Learning and Community Engagement Awards this fall. We look forward to continued collaborations with JMU and its new Center.
JMU and the new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement truly are Madison’s legacy. He was an ardent advocate for higher education and wrote in an 1822 letter, “Learned institutions throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty….What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of liberty and learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support.”
Liberty and learning do indeed go hand-in-hand and we at ADP look forward to watching both flourish at JMU.
Has your campus signed up to partner with National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 26th yet?
Partners who sign up before August 28 will receive complementary materials, such as stickers and posters, to use to promote NVRD.
Click here to join ADP in signing up to partner with NVRD this year!
NVRD also provides written resources and webinars for partners to directly use tools to support their organizing. Some of the resource to note are:
- The NVRD toolkit pages on their website.
- A webinar on how to run a voter registration drive on Thursday August 24 from 2-3 pm EDT. You can register through this link.
- In addition to the tools above, NVRD is going to be expanding on education messaging on the importance of local elections with a social media hashtag #BeVocalVoteLocal.
Join ADP in becoming an official NVRD Partner!
Less Than Two Months Until
National Voter Registration Day!
National Voter Registration Day’s goal is to register to vote every eligible American.
Together, let’s make sure that no voter is left behind in 2017!
SIGN UP TO PARTNER TODAY
- New field and communications toolkits
- Access to partner resource pages
- An invitation to attend partner training webinars
- Free posters and stickers for your events and promotions
ADP is proud to partner with National Voter Registration Day and hopes you, too, will work to make Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 a successful National Voter Registration Day!
For more information: http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org
Follow @NatlVoterRegDay on Twitter.
Happy National Voter Registration Day!! We are excited that the ADP network is supporting #VoterRegistrationDay in a variety of ways, from registering students and campus community members to vote to providing opportunities for prospective voters to educate themselves about candidates and issues from local to national.
Be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and share your non-partisan voter registration and education efforts!
Additional ways you can participate today:
And be sure to join us on Tuesday, October 4th as we Tweet-up the Vice Presidential Debate using #iDebate16.
Beginning to make plans for registering students to vote in the November 2016 elections?
Become an National Voter Registration Day Partner
National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is a nonpartisan, 50-state holiday when thousands of organizations and volunteers work together to register voters. As a partner, ADP is encouraging our campuses to sign up as partners for NVRD. By signing up now, you can receive stickers, posters and a toolkit to help your school or organization be an active participant on Tuesday, September 27th. Note: Sign up by July 1st!
CVP’s 2016 Student Guides Are Now Available
Every year our partners at FELN’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) update materials that administrators, faculty and students can use to clarify the deadlines, rules, and frequently asked questions about registering and voting in their state. Their student voting guides for all 50 states and DC for 2016 are updated and available on their website. Visit the CVP website for student voting guides and other useful materials you can use leading up to election day on Tuesday, November 8.