We’re thrilled to spotlight Selene and the vital work she undertakes at VoteRiders to assist individuals, including students, in navigating complex voter ID laws and ensuring they receive the support they need!
What was your experience like at the 2023 National Student Vote Summit? What was your favorite part?
The National Student Summit was a great convening! I enjoyed meeting people in person for the first time, reconnecting and meeting new people who are just as passionate about our democracy. The sessions were also very interesting and helped me learn about other work around the nation.
How do you support campuses and student voters?
To support students in navigating the oftentimes-complicated rules around acceptability of student IDs for voting, VoteRiders developed co-branded social media graphics and a dedicated landing page on this issue in partnership with the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in getting involved or supporting your work?
I would encourage people to start thinking about voter ID when you think about voter registration. In 38 states it is not enough to register, you also need an acceptable ID to cast a regular ballot. ID is often packaged with a plan to vote but if you don’t have an acceptable ID, it doesn’t matter that you made your plan, you may not be able to execute that plan. This is why it is important to do an ID check earlier in the process.
How can others support your work or get involved?
Anyone who wants to incorporate voter ID into their programming can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to work with any nonpartisan organization, agency, school, or entity to partner up with us and include the right tools and services that will enhance their programming for their constituency.
Finish this sentence: In a perfect democracy…
…every eligible voter would be able to cast an easily accessible ballot and representation and policies in place would be proportionally reflective of the nation’s demographic makeup.