Final tips for GOTV, Election Day, and Beyond

November 4, 2016

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We’ve compiled resources and suggestions to help our engaged campuses support students’ civic participation before and after the election.

GOTV & VOTER EDUCATION

  • NC Early Voting ends Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Students can register and vote during early voting. Please encourage your students to early vote by providing them info about the nearest early voting site, required documentation (especially for 1st time voters in a county), and non-partisan candidate guides (see below). Find NC voter resources here: ncvoter.org
  • Plan campus GOTV events and check GOTV Tips and Ideas from CEEP – most important: encourage students to make a plan to vote. This online pledge form from Campus Vote Project leads student through the vote plan process.
  • Share information so students can be informed voters, especially on “down ballot” races. Recommended voter ED sites:
  • For students interested in 3rd parties, share CEEP’s Guide to voting Third Party, and resources from org about electoral reform.

ELECTION DAY

  • Uber just announced that they have teamed up with Google to launch a special in-app feature on November 8th to help users locate their polling location and seamlessly request a ride. Additionally, new users can use the promo code “VOTETODAY” to get $20 off their first ride. You can find out more information about Uber’s Election Day feature here: https://newsroom.uber.com/vote/.
  • Voter Assistance Hotline: During Early Voting period or on Election Day, anyone can call 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683 – the Democracy NC line), or 866-OUR VOTE (the national hotline).
  • Counter worries of voter intimidation by sharing NC voter’s bill of rights.
  • If you are hosting an election watch event, consider building in opportunities throughout the evening for students to talk and express feelings. You might even take periodic “time-outs” from the broadcast to have these conversations. Check out CEEP’s classroom conversations guide or the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) guide to Facilitating Political Discussions. Invite political science faculty or others to facilitate.

POST-ELECTION

  • “What will we do on November 9th?” a Campus Compact blog post from staff of Tuft’s Institute on Democracy & Higher Education – considers the role our campuses can play in affirming civil discourse, furthering civic learning, and fostering civic engagement regardless of the election’s outcome. Among the post-election actions they suggest:
    • Sending email from Chancellor/President/SGA affirming campus commitment to civility and respect, unity, and continued civic engagement
    • Hosting civic conversations (like Deliberative Dialogue, open space, or other methods) to process feelings and issues
    • Civics 101 or advocacy workshops (like this Civics 101 program from League of Women Voters of Mecklenburg County) to help students understand democratic participation doesn’t end with election – we should continue to make our voice heard and hold elected officials accountable.
  • Plan a de-brief with your campus election engagement team to discuss next steps and structures for institutionalizing future election engagement work. Who will continue the work and what shape will it take? What issues will be explored?
  • NC Campus Compact and other partners will host a statewide lessons learned online de-brief in mid-December. Details coming soon.
  • On Feb. 25, NC Campus Compact will again sponsor a “Pathways to Civic Leadership” training geared for college students, in partnership with NC Institute of Political Leadership. Details to come here.