for campus leaders

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE A UNIQUE ABILITY TO HELP STUDENTS BECOME CONFIDENT AND CONSISTENT VOTERS. THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN!

THE SLSV CHECKLIST

SLSV Coalition partners commit to promoting the SLSV Checklist, a four step process for institutionalizing student voting engagement for the long-term. We start with a simple premise grounded in trust instead of transactional in nature: local leaders who know their campus best, who are committed to their specific place, and who have access to local social networks are best positioned and most culturally equipped to drive dramatic and sustainable increases in voter participation, learning, and growth over time. 

lead

Ensure a campus vote coordinator is appointed by a respected campus leader to lead your student democratic engagement programs. Are you the one leading your campus efforts? 

Then the campus vote coordinator is you! 

Before you begin, get in touch with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and/or the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project for free, nonpartisan coaching support as you begin your student voter engagement journey. 

ASSESS

Do you know your campus’ registration and voting rates?

This data is super important to understand as you begin to craft your voter engagement plan.

You can access this data through the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), a free service from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, an applied research center at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University that offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn more about their student registration and voting rates.

ENGAGE

Once you’ve chosen a campus leader, the next step is pulling together a diverse team of people on campus to help you implement your voter engagement efforts. 

The most successful campus coalitions include representatives from student affairs, academic affairs, government relations, student leadership, local nonprofits, and local election officials. 

PLAN

Once you have built a diverse coalition and analyzed your student voting data, you are ready to strategically plan and embed voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization on your campus! 

We encourage campuses to join and submit their democratic engagement actions plans to a coaching and awards program like the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge or the Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA’s Voter Friendly Designation program. We also highly recommend evaluating your plan and implementation after the election and building on your efforts for the next year! 

start building your campus plan

This improved and expanded guide is designed to help faculty, staff, and students write strong campus action plans to increase nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation among college students. It provides a framework for developing and documenting institutional goals and strategies. It is not meant to be prescriptive and should be adapted to your institutional context.

Votes & Ballots! is a game of team-wide strategy that takes the guesswork out of on-campus democratic engagement. Players are tasked with creating a comprehensive action plan while keeping in mind their institution’s historical voting rates, their resources, and the unique challenges faced by student voters. Votes and Ballots! is a project of Democracy Works, makers of TurboVote and is available as a free download. 

Check out public nslve reports &
campus action plans for inspiration

We encourage campuses to make their reports public to increase transparency and awareness of engagement levels on campus.

participate in mobilizations

The #VoteReady Mobilizations are meant to be entryways to your relational and community outreach. The Mobilizations provide support, resources and community as you celebrate civic holidays. 

The Mobilizations are broken down into 3 components – registration, education, and turnout. Sign up for and participate in all three as a part of a well-rounded voter engagement strategy. 

commit to making changes for the long term

Ask Every Student is a high engagement opportunity for institutions that want to set the standard for student voting accessibility and institutionalization. Campuses will work with a dedicated team of designers who will work to integrate voter registration asks into existing processes and points of contact that touch every student on campus.