Checklist of Things to Do Checklist of Things to Do & Who to Contact to Engage Students in the Electoral System
registration deadline in your state Get administration, faculty, coaches and students on board —
contact college president, registrar, department chairs, student groups, housing office
Involve student groups and recruit volunteers (e.g.
San Francisco State) — contact PIRGs, student government, Young Republicans/Democrats, etc
Distribute voter registration forms and make voter registration part of your campus:
Incorporate into course registration packets and online course registration — contact Registrar Include in paychecks, loan disbursements, course catalogs —
contact financial aid, payroll, registrar, campus publications Incorporate into student orientations —
contact orientation director/student affairs office Mail registration forms to all students
national mail-in registration form
Door-to-door Visits in student housing (UC Santa Barbara student groups registered 2,400 students in one night) — contact RAs, housing office Add
online voter registration links to campus & student websites — contact webmasters Distribute registration forms in classes —
contact department heads, faculty organizations and individual faculty Set up registration drives at campus events (e.g. athletic events) and in student residence halls —
contact housing office and student government Use technologies like Facebook —
link with YourRevolution.org Recruit students/faculty as voter registrars and volunteers
In each department
In each dormitory, sorority, fraternity —
contact housing office and inter-fraternity or Pan-Hellenic councils To set up tables in
high-traffic campus locations (student unions, administrative offices, dining halls, bookstores, libraries, sporting events, etc.) To register voters at campus events (blood drives, speakers, other events)
Increase visibility of voter registration efforts
Advertise with handbills, posters etc. —
contact student government Leave voicemails, text messages and email reminders to register (especially close to deadlines) —
contact campus technology staff Make announcements at unusual places
Hold parties and
a kickoff event to register students
Work with campus and local media — contact reporters Connect with other campuses and
borrow effective strategies
Create drop-off locations for registration forms (count, publicize and send them in) Keep track of registered voters for follow-up
events & develop materials to educate students — contact student programs and organizations (for co-sponsorships) and facilities (for locations). Create forums for
Publicize/explain ballot initiatives Incorporate election-related discussions into classes (e.g.
freshman seminar) Encourage students to volunteer with political campaigns consistent with their political beliefs
Connect student volunteers with national and local campaigns and their campus representatives —
campus service should be a central resource, include information on College Republicans and College Democrats, McCain’s and Obama’s national websites, ways to get involved in local and statewide political races. Have students participate in off-campus projects, like voter registration efforts in underrepresented communities. (e.g.
Baldwin Wallace project that registered 700 students at local jails). Work through Student Activities or service learning center. Contact the political parties, groups like League of Women Voters and Project Vote If students want to make an impact in other states, remind them that both parties and campaigns have remote voter calling programs where volunteers in states with less tightly contested elections can use their cell minutes to call people in states that are more contested.
Link with campus service learning and civic engagement efforts
Incorporate election volunteering into service learning courses (e.g.
freshman seminar) — contact service learning center and faculty groups Create election-related service project (e.g.
community educational forum) Organize service days where campaigns participate in campus service projects —
contact campaigns and service projects Organize events (debates, fairs, forums, screenings of debates, etc.) with
candidates and campaign representatives (e.g. barbecue, political action days , DebateWatch) — contact student groups and academic departments such as political science, geography & communications Create a website with info and links about issues
Help Students Vote on (or before) Election Day