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Best Practices

Many schools have already taken steps to make voting easier for students. These are just a few examples of what they've been able to accomplish:

Examples of Best Practices

The University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges all provide the option to fill out a voter registration form to students when they enroll/register online for classes.

Student leaders at the University of Arizona provided voter registration forms to all 6000 incoming residence hall dwellers in 2004.

Michigan State University has a website dedicated to voting issues which includes information about voter registration, absentee ballot requests, deadlines and dates, and links to forms: http://www.youvote.msu.edu/.

The University of Oregon allows students to access residence halls at pre-agreed times to conduct voter registration activities.

Temple University has links to the National Voter Registration Form and the Pennsylvania Voter Registration form on its Student Forms webpage.

The University of Florida has links available to both the Florida form and the national form on its Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) website. This means students will see links to voter registration forms every time they login to their student homepage.

  • Miami Dade College:
    • hosts regular candidate forums and debates to engage students and the community
    • issues student ID cards that contain the student's photo and signature; under Florida law, this qualifies as voter ID.
    • has voter registration forms available in the student life office on each of its eight campuses, and in some additional offices as well
    • student government officers visit classrooms to talk about voting
    • student government holds an early voting rally each year, and the college president and many of the faculty and staff vote early alongside students as part of the event
  • The University of Akron:
    • requested and obtained a polling place on campus
    • helps students meet Ohio's ID requirement by providing those living in residence halls with a letter that they can take to the polls
    • sponsors voter registration tables, touts information in its weekly email newsletter to students and via posters throughout campus
  • The University of Connecticut:
    • residential life informs students of their street address
    • students have photo identification cards
    • the administration sends emails to all students before registration deadlines reminding them to register and vote and how and when to do so
    • the UConn PIRG is engaged in the PIRG "New Voters Project" which aims to get students registered, educate them about issues, and help them vote
    • at the beginning of every year administration holds an "Involvement Fair" with over 4000 students attending. There is a voter registration table at the event
    • the campus radio station airs public service announcements with directions on how to register and vote
    • the campus newspaper has an article before elections about how to register and vote
    • the student government widely distributes "State of Connecticut Mail in Voter Registration" forms
    • the campus has a large bulletin board in the student union food court with instructions on how to register, and later with information on the candidates and how to vote. This information is copied and available for Resident Assistants to put up on their floors
    • political science organizations regularly invite candidates to campus to speak
    • the student government provides transportation for students to voting stations
    • the administration allows door-to-door canvassing for voter registration in residence halls
    • the administration allows canvassing for campaigns and candidates in the student union

Oberlin College issued $0.00 utility bills to students who lived in dorms, as this was sufficient evidence to fulfill Ohio identification requirements for first time voters on Election Day.