Elections and Democracy

NC Campus Compact seeks to improve civic life by actively engaging our member institutions in initiatives that help develop and promote practices and habits of democracy. This includes nonpartisan election engagement, census engagement, and civil discourse and dialogue. This page provides an overview of election engagement efforts. Click on the Dialogue link to learn about our civil discourse and dialogue initiatives.

In 2008, we began partnering with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a national, nonpartisan effort to help colleges and universities involve students in elections. Through our partnership with CEEP as well as the Puffin Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, through the years we have been able to disseminate nearly $100,00 in mini-grants to campuses throughout the state, host Election Engagement Fellows programs, organize the annual NC College Voter Summit, and share resources and information with our campus members throughout the state.

Check out Executive Director, Leslie Garvin, on the the WeInspire podcast discussing NC Campus Compact’s Election Engagement work (released in October 2020)

NC College Voter Summit

Each September, since 2016, NC Campus Compact has  hosted a convening of students, faculty, and staff who lead non-partisan, campus-wide voter engagement efforts.  In 2018 the NC Campus Voting Coalition began co-hosting the event. Learn more

NC Campus Voting Coalition

Since 2012 NC Campus Compact has helped facilitate a coalition of organizations focused on getting college students engaged in voting in North Carolina.
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Election Holidays

NC Campus Compact is a proud partner organization for the three major election holidays: National Voter Registration Day , National Voter Education Week and Vote Early Day .

NC Collegiate Civics Project (NC-CCP)

In summer 2020, thanks to funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, NCCC launched NC-CCP to promote election engagement and civil discourse and dialogue on member institutions throughout the state. 

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Ask Every Student Initiative

NC Campus Compact is a partner organization of the Ask Every Student Initiative. This initiative provides a framework to integrate voter participation efforts broadly across campuses with the goal of full participation.  In 2020 funding from the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition supporting an Election Engagement Coordinator from September – December 2020.

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Partnership

Since 2008, NCCC has partnered with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)  to promote campus election engagement. CEEP has provide over $100K to NCCC to provide resources and support to North Carolina campuses.

Election Engagement Resources

In addition to the NC Campus Voting Coalition partners, below are additional election engagement resources and organizations.

AASC&U American Democracy Project

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)

Institute for Democracy and Higher Education

– Election Imperatives 2020
– Election Imperatives 2019

North Carolina State Board of Elections

Nonprofit Vote

When we All Vote