7.a You got an on-campus voting site.
Did you just get a campus voting location?! Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment! Remember your work doesn’t end there though. Here are some things you’ll want to do to make sure that the voting site is successful.
Celebrate the Win
All your hard work so far has paid off! Capitalize on this win by using it as a way to raise awareness that a voting site will be opening on campus. Create a press release and work with your campus and local media outlets to publicize the new voting site and what it means for student civic engagement. You can also create a social media campaign to have students celebrate the win. It can be something like a photo frame that says I’m voting at *new location* this *date of election* or a graphic that students can share on social media posts or stories.
Circle Back With Us!
We want to celebrate your win with you and help you make your voting site successful. Let us know if you’ve gotten a voting site on your campus. This way we can help highlight your win and amplify your story. We can also help you brainstorm ways to make sure your location is a success. Reach out to the team at Campus Vote Project and Fair Elections Center for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Out the Vote!
Now that you have a voting site, you want to make sure that the turnout to the location is high so that you can prove to your local elections officials that this voting site was a good choice and should continue to be used as a voting site for elections to come. You’ll want to make sure that students across your institution know that there is now a voting site on-campus. One helpful tool to get the word out is creating a social media campaign. Is there a campus newspaper, email newsletter, and calendar? Try to get the word out through those avenues. Also, creating events like a party at the polls or having different student organizations vote together will also help encourage student participation at the location.
7.b You did not get an on-campus voting site yet.
If you were not able to get a voting site on campus by the next election, that is ok, you have done really important work for your community and there are still some more steps you can take.
Document what you accomplished
Did you get letters of support from local officials and from campus administrators? What relationship were you able to build for your campus with the local election administrator?
Make a plan for the next election
Did you get feedback from your local election officials on why a voting site could not be on campus for this election? Who on campus or in the community can help you address any of the reasons provided by your local election officials?
Determine when you should reach out to your local elections officials again about the next election. If this will be after you graduate is there a person, organization, or official on campus that will continue this work?
Make a plan for this election
Keeping up your efforts to engage your peers in Democracy is the best way to strengthen your position for an on-campus voting location for future elections. So plan Get out the Vote efforts, ensure your peers know where their voting site is, organize rides to polls, buses from the student center, however you can help your classmates make their voices heard at the ballot box. If funding is an issue for this, reach out to us and we might be able to help.
Help me help you!
We got you, so reach out to the team at Campus Vote Project and Fair Elections Center for assistance at email@example.com. You can also apply here for a mini-grant to help with your efforts to get a voting site on-campus or to get the word out once you have an on-campus voting site secured. Even more resources to help with this project can be found in the appendix that follows as well as on this resource page.