The Student Government Resource Center has partnered with the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project to provide student governments with the training and resources to run effective nonpartisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives.
There are a lot of important issues at stake in the upcoming election that affect college students, including jobs, the economy, health care, and college affordability. If college students want their voices heard on these issues, they need to turn out at the polls.
Our Student Vote training offers student governments important skills, including how to:
- Build a broad Student Vote coalition of campus organizations;
- Plan and carry out a huge voter registration drive;
- Make effective get-out-the-vote reminders leading up to Election Day; and
- Utilize online voter registration tools.
The New Voters Project is the nation’s largest grassroots nonpartisan youth voter mobilization program. Over the past decade, the project has helped to register more than 600,000 young voters and made 650,000 get-out-the-vote contacts.
Sample Agenda for a Weekend Student Vote Training
This is a typical agenda for a weekend on-site training on how to run a campus voter registration and get-out-the-vote program.
5:00-5:30 – Welcome and Introductions
5:30-7:00 – Overview: Campus Vote Program Model and Case Studies
9:00-10:00 – Voter Registration Skills: Tabling
10:00-11:00 – Voter Registration Skills: Canvassing Dorms and Student Housing
11:00-12:00 – Voter Registration Skills: Making Class Announcements
12:00-1:00 – Setting Realistic and Motivating Goals
1:00-2:00 – Lunch
2:00-3:30 – Saturating the Campus: Planning Your Visibility “Blitz”
3:30-5:00 – Building Your Voter Registration Coalition
5:00-5:30 – Break
5:30-7:00 – Planning Your School’s Voter Registration Drive
9:30-11:00 – Working With Volunteers
11:00-12:30 – Developing Leaders Through Your Voter Registration Drive
12:30-1:30 – Lunch
1:30-2:30 – Tactics for Voter Mobilization
2:30-3:30 – Media Outreach
3:30 – Debrief and Closing