Registration is half the battle, though it is often the aspect of electoral engagement that sees the most effort, as it is easy to report an immediate measure of success. Most voter registration efforts focus on why a person should register to vote, while very little goes into preparing and training students to understand how to register. Proper training is essential for maximum impact in voter registration efforts.
- Conduct training sessions for voter registration on campus
- Participate in National Voter Registration Day
- Employ best practices for registering students on community college campuses
Virtual Dialogue: The Power of Community Colleges in Voter Registration
The Engage the Election project presented a series of virtual dialogues on the electoral power of community colleges. This three-part series featured community college practitioners sharing best practices from their institutions, followed by an open dialogue concerning the unique challenges and opportunities in voter registration, education, and turnout specific to community colleges. In this dialogue, we discussed The Power of Community Colleges in Voter Registration.
Date: October 4, 2018
Connie Jorgensen, Professor of Political Science, Piedmont Virginia Community College, VA
Michael Dean, Executive Director, LeadMN
Dr. Patty Robinson, Faculty Director of Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives, College of the Canyons, CA
National Voter Registration Day 2018
On September 25, 2018, the 14 community colleges who are part of Engage the Election Project registered over 1,600 new voters as part of National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will take place on September 24, 2019.
This work is immensely impactful and represents just part of the good work done by community colleges and Campus Compact members toward registering new voters on National Voter Registration day and beyond in advance of registration deadlines.
Click HERE to read about the results of this work.