Posts tagged ‘Voting Resources’
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.
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.
As a part of the ADP/TDC Electoral Engagement Resources, we’ve created a document with ways in which colleges and universities can engage their students.
The document has resources to measure current areas of growth for individual universities’ democratic engagement efforts. It also lists suggested resources on how to approach expanding democratic engagement efforts on campuses as well as organizations and projects that can assist in the process.
ADP and TDC campuses are encouraged to utilize these resources to engage students in upcoming elections.
The ADP/TDC Electoral Engagement Resources now features a document on voter education websites to help college students better inform themselves in preparation for Election Day.
Listed websites will assist students in finding factual information about the candidates on the ballot. Other websites feature voting information. One source students may find to be particularly useful is the candidate matching quiz. This website asks users to take a quiz about their beliefs and then matches the responses to the best fit candidate of the 2016 presidential election.
ADP and TDC institutions are encouraged to promote these educational resources on their campuses.