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  •  Good NY Times article about college (9+ / 0-)

    voter registration.

    Colleges Take a Leap Into Voter Registration

    Key quotes here:

    Every four years, volunteers swarm university campuses, clipboards in hand, to register newly eligible voters for what is generally the only presidential election of their undergraduate careers. This year they found large numbers were already registered.

    University-sponsored attempts to make voting easier for students are being tested in at least 60 colleges across the country amid the outbreak of battles over new voting laws.

    Dozens of colleges have begun their own voting registration drives in orientation programs, class registration, intranet Web sites and other interactions crucial to campus life, institutionalizing services that had often been left to outside efforts. As a result, thousands of students registered to vote, updated their addresses or requested absentee ballots from their home states within days of arriving to campus this fall, officials at several universities said.

    Northwestern, just north of Chicago, began a drive to register voters last year, with incoming students signing up when they picked up their campus IDs. University-trained staff and volunteers provided absentee ballot request forms from all 50 states, scanned students’ driver’s licenses or other identification, and offered to mail in the paperwork.

    By the first day of class, 89 percent of the university’s freshmen had been registered to vote, in 37 states. Northwestern repeated the effort this year, registering almost 95 percent of eligible freshmen, and expanded the model to eight other colleges. Stanford University used the method around campus, including on its bicycle registration line, netting more than 700 new voters in two weeks.

    Harvard University, which holds a competition among dormitories to register the most voters, is one of a growing number of schools expanding efforts by purchasing access to the Web site of TurboVote, a nonprofit effort that provides complete online registration and automated vote-by-mail services.

    Founded in 2010, TurboVote is working with 58 colleges this year. It now helps more than 100,000 individuals get absentee ballots, find voting locations and track coming elections, sending out text reminders for important deadlines.

    I'm a dyslexic agnostic insomniac. I lie awake at night wondering if there's a dog.

    by rennert on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 05:56:03 AM PDT

    •  fair use? (0+ / 0-)

      You've copied a lot of the article

      by chloris creator on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 06:10:17 AM PDT

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    •  The university I work at (in NC) (1+ / 0-)
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      is using TurboVote this year, and we were encouraged to discuss voting (nonpartisanly) with our students.  Since I'm teaching a science class, I posted links to the Science Debate 2012 answers by Obama and Romney, and we talked about the NC Legislature's brilliant decision to legislate away accurate models of sea level rise.  

      I was happy to see that most of my class was already registered by the time I asked them about it.

      Do you not see that it is the grossest idolatry to speak of the market as though it were the rival of God?

      by kismet on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 06:44:08 AM PDT

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