ECKERD COLLEGE GETS ITS FIRST CAMPUS VOTE PROJECT FELLOW

Eckerd College News, Staff Report:


"Nancy Strever slipped her ballot into an envelope and walked to the mailroom at Eckerd College, elated to be voting in her very first U.S. general election. The happiness was increased for the first-year animal studies student from Somers, Connecticut, because, as Eckerd’s first-ever Democracy Fellow for the Campus Vote Project, she knew she had helped many others feel the same.

“It really made me feel I’d made a difference,” Nancy said. “I helped people get registered, pledge to vote and make their voting plan. And if they had any questions, they had my number—and some of them did call me.”

Barely a month into her college career, Nancy was sitting in the library scanning TritonTrack, the Eckerd College Career Services job management system, and stumbled across the description of the Democracy Fellowship with Campus Vote Project, a subgroup that had branched off the Fair Elections Center in 2012 whose goal is to normalize and institutionalize student voting by working directly with colleges and universities across the country. She applied in September and was accepted and trained.

During the fall, Nancy joined the Florida Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Students chapter as it launched an All Out Voter Registration campaign that helped more than 2,000 students register to vote, got over 2,400 students to pledge to vote, and made more than 52,000 Get Out the Vote contacts in the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election. As a first-time voter herself, the learning curve was steep."


Read the full article HERE.

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