Buffalo State University was named a Voter-Friendly Campus for 2023–2024, one of 258 campuses in 38 states and the District of Columbia selected by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the only institution designated in the Buffalo area. This is the second time that Buffalo State has received this important designation.
The voter-friendly initiative recognizes institutions that have implemented practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2022 elections and in coming years. The designation is valid through December 2024. The mission of the Voter-Friendly Campus designation is to bolster colleges’ and universities’ efforts to help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process every year, not just during federal elections.
“As part of our effort to be designated a Voter-Friendly Campus, Buffalo State focused on voter education, registration, and turnout in partnership with a number of campus and community groups,” said Laura Hill Rao, director of the university’s Civic and Community Engagement Office (CCE), which spearheads student voter-registration efforts. “As a result, we have seen a 10 percent increase in Buffalo State students being registered to vote, and a 48 percent increase in students actually turning out to vote.”