Engaging Your Campus in the 2012 Elections
Six Ways to Act
(Produced by the Campus Election Engagement Project.)
How do we engage America’s 20 million students in 2012 elections? The Campus Election Engagement Project worked with 500 campuses in 2008 to do exactly that. Drawing on this experience, they’ve compiled a list of effective nonpartisan approaches that colleges and universities can use to engage their students. We hope you’ll use this resource to help your students register to vote, learn about issues and candidates, volunteer in campaigns, and get to the polls, while ensuring their votes count despite all the obstacles.
Successfully engaging your students will depend on collaborating with others on your campus to follow through on your existing approaches and complement them with effective new ones. There is a long list of examples, but you can pick your favorites, do them at different points in the election cycle and divide them among different people on campus. Think of this as your election engagement checklist.
Key areas include:
I. Build a Team
II. Register Students to Vote
III. Educate on Issues and Candidates
IV. Encourage Student Volunteering
V. Create Visibility
VI. Get Out the Vote
Visit the Campus Election Engagement Project web page to view all of the details.