Best Practices Guide


The Best Practices Guide sets out actions colleges and universities can take to help students overcome traditional obstacles to registration and voting. It is based on practices implemented at colleges and universities across the country.

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Students are our future leaders.

The college community is a natural place for students to seek information and become civically and politically engaged, but they often face practical hurdles that keep them from voting. For example:

  • Many students are new to voting and aren't aware of the importance of registering. In 2008, 21% of young people ages 18-29 said the reason they weren't registered to vote was because they missed the registration deadline.
  • 1.9 million votes were lost in 2008 because people didn't know where to go. Students, new to voting and to their college community, face practical hurdles like this one more than other voters.
  • Out-of-state students, in particular, may not have the identification necessary to vote. Colleges and universities are uniquely situated to help. Download the Best Practices Guide to get started!