KU Faculty and Staff Resources
Wondering what you can do to encourage your students and colleagues at KU to get registered to vote? Read on.
1. Add a tagline to your email signature. "Register to Vote! Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 9. Get registered, vote by mail, and get reminders by email and text so you do not miss the elections! Visit http://kutztown.turbovote.org today! More voter information can be found here: www.kutztown.edu/vote"
2. Send an encouraging email message to students. Perhaps include this text in your email:
Voting is not only your right; it's your responsibility. Kutztown Univeristy has partnered with the national non-profit, non-partisan organization TurboVote, to provide an easy online portal for you to register to vote or request an absentee ballot. It only takes a few minutes to submit your information and our goal is to get 100% of the student body registered to vote before the upcoming October 9th voter registration deadline!
Please take a few minutes now to register to vote or request an absentee ballot and make sure you are eligible to vote in November:
3. Distribute information about TurboVote at an information table. If you are having an event and are willing to set up an information table, contact Student Involvement. You will be provided with a kit that includes a tablecloth, flyers and information.
4. Distribute information about TurboVote in your classroom. If you are willing to distribute informational flyers, contact Student Involvement. You will be provided with flyers for distribution.
5. Include key dates for the 2012 elections on important emails and on the boards in your classrooms.
- 10/9/2012: General Election Voter Registration Deadline
- 0/30/2012: Last day to apply for a Civilian Absentee Ballot
- 11/2/2012: Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots
- 11/6/2012: General Election
6. Participate in a National Voter Registration Day event. This is currently being planned for Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the McFarland Student Union, sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Campus Compact. Please email Leah Cassellia if you would like to participate.
Please note: Strategic Initiative Reference: Desired Outcome: 184.108.40.206. Support student, faculty, and staff participation in community engagement projects and programs.
Note these statistics provided by Campus Vote Project for the Pennsylvania Campus Compact:
- 2/3 of college students between 18 and 24 years old that did not vote in 2010 cited lack of information about the process, confusion about residency rules, or scheduling problems.
- 87 percent of students who register to vote cast a ballot.
- 83 percent of young adults state that their generation has the power to change the country.
- Since 2008, 9.5 million citizens have turned 18.