Fair Elections Legal Network/OCC Student Voting Rights Webinar Invitation

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Fair Elections Legal Network/OCC Student Voting Rights Webinar Invitation

  1. 1. Join OCC and FELN for an Ohio-specific webinar on student voting rights Aug. 13 Fair  Elections  Legal  Network  through  its  Campus  Vote  Project  in  conjunction  with  The  Democracy   Commitment  and  Ohio  Campus  Compact’s  Campus  Election  Engagement  Project  will  be  hosting  a   webinar  Wednesday,  August  13,  at  1  p.m.  that  will  cover  the  basics  of  registering  and  voting  in  Ohio,   what  types  of  non-­‐partisan  activities  administrators  and  faculty  can  engage  in,  and  best  practices  for   democratic  engagement  activities.  We  will  also  have  a  Q&A  session.       RSVP  at  http://www.ohiocampuscompact.org/felnwebinarrsvp     Students  have  traditionally  been  underrepresented  in  elections.  In  the  last  midterm  elections  (2010),   two-­‐thirds  of  college  students  who  did  not  vote  cited  reasons,  such  as  residency  issues  and  missing   important  deadlines,  that  have  more  to  do  with  a  lack  of  information  than  a  lack  of  interest.  Those   issues  can  easily  be  remedied  by  empowering  students  with  information  about  the  process  of   registering  to  vote  and  casting  a  ballot.       The  Higher  Education  Act  (HEA)  requires  that  institutions  make  a  good  faith  effort  to  individually   distribute  voter  registration  forms  and  registration  information  to  students  on  campus.  In  addition  to   the  mandate,  providing  voter  registration  opportunities  to  students  can  make  an  enormous  difference   in  their  civic  participation.     College  campuses  are  one  of  the  best  places  to  reach  young  voters  to  give  them  information  on  how   to  register  and  what  they  need  to  have  their  votes  counted  on  Election  Day.  College  administrators   and  faculty  can  play  a  big  role  in  helping  students  get  registered  -­‐  with  little  effort.  In  order  to  assist   our  members  to  help  their  students  and  comply  with  the  HEA,  Ohio  Campus  Compact  has  partnered   with  FELN’s  Campus  Vote  Project  to  bring  you  these  webinars  and  provide  you  with  CVP’s  other   resources.       FELN  is  a  national,  nonpartisan  advocacy  organization  based  in  Washington,  D.C.  whose  overall   mission  is  to  remove  barriers  to  registration  and  voting  for  traditionally  underrepresented   constituencies,  including  students.  FELN’s  Campus  Vote  Project  draws  on  FELN’s  election  law   expertise  and  combines  it  with  organizing  acumen  and  best  practices  developed  from  engaging  with   campuses  around  the  country.    Find  out  more  at  www.campusvoteproject.org.     Contact  CEEP-­‐Ohio’s  program  director,  Theresa  Bruskin  at  studentvote@ohiocampuscompact.org  for  more  information.       Campus  Election  Engagement  Project  |  2014            www.campuselect.org                      facebook.com/campuselect                      @campuselect  

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