On September 26th at 3 PM EDT, Campus Vote Project <http://www.campusvoteproject.org> will be hosting a virtual Town Hall focused on getting college students out to vote this November. Using Google Hangouts, the Campus Vote Project will be moderating a panel that will include Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and other student voting advocates, and taking questions via Twitter and Facebook. The focus will be on strategies that election officials, college administrators, and student organizations have taken to help students register and vote. We will hear directly officials that have dealt directly with problems that students have encountered in their college communities and how to overcome those obstacles.
The sign-up page for the event is now live and can be accessed via: http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6411/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=6619
We encourage you to promote this on your blog, Facebook page, and on Twitter. The event will be using the Twitter hashtag #CVPTownHall which is also how they will be accepting questions during the town hall.
Debate Watching Guides: For students, faculty and staff planning to host debate-watching parties or just looking for advice on how to analyze what they hear when the candidates debate in October, there are plenty of great resources out there. The League of Women Voters’ Debate Watching 101 includes advice on how to prepare for the debates and what questions to ask yourself as you watch. The Commission on Presidential Debates has a guide to hosting Debate Watch parties in your community. And Rock the Vote is set to release a guide specific to the upcoming 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates; we’ll include that in a future post once it’s available.
Do you know CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)? CIRCLE conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans (under 30 years old).
What do you think the youth voting rate was in the primaries and caucuses? What should it be?
Campus Vote Project Toolkit
The Campus Vote Project, launched in 2012, is a campaign to help college students work with administrators and local election officials to make the process of voting easier and overcome barriers students often face to voting that students often mention such as residency laws, registration deadlines, and strict voter ID requirements. Every campaign needs a plan, so start building yours! Download the Campus Vote Project Toolkit: http://bit.ly/HSNf3X