Bryant FairleyMGMT 306Research Proposal Presentation Getting New Students Registered and Involved in the Voting Process
Why is this important? “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice anddestroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. ” ― Lyndon B. Johnson 36th U.S. President
Why is this important...continued According to the 1998 amendment to theHigher Education Act of 1965, colleges and universities receiving federal funds must make a good-faith effortto distribute voter registration forms to every student,and to make those forms widely available on campus.
What’s Happening in Practice...A newly released study by Harvard UniversitysInstitute of Politics and the Chronicle of HigherEducation found that fewer than 17 percent of schoolsare in full compliance, and one-third are not evenmaking minimal efforts.
Interpreting the Data... Educational attainment is an important predictor of electoral participation.Young peoplethe highest turnoutdegree or more reported with a bachelor’s rates.College students were more likely to vote than non-students.
Five Strategies forGetting New Students Registered & Engaged (1) start early, recommend voter registration forms are included in all "welcome packages" for newly-admitted students (2) information about voting be made visible at all college dorms, gathering spots and in university classrooms (3) develop a simple website to direct students to registration information and on how to get started (4) hold voter registration drives at Fall campus events (5) make it fun, bring in speakers, films, politicians and musical artist to excite, entertain and inform