About Your Vote Your Voice


Founded in 1996, the Your Vote, Your Voice campaign encourages and supports campus efforts to ensure students, faculty and staff are registered to vote and cast a ballot in national and statewide elections. In 1998, Congress required colleges and universities to distribute paper copies of in-state voter registration forms to students prior to their home state’s voter registration deadline. This requirement applied to all federal and gubernatorial elections, as well as to special elections for such offices.

During the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Congress permitted the use of email messages with links to state registration forms, as long as the messages were exclusively devoted to voter registration:

 

 

The institution shall be considered in compliance with the requirements … for each student to whom the institution electronically transmits a message containing a voter registration form acceptable for use in the State in which the institution is located, or an Internet address where such a form can be downloaded, if such information is in an electronic message devoted exclusively to voter registration.

— Higher Education Act of 2008, Title IV, Section 48 (a) (23)

 


Your Vote, Your Voice 2020 offers campuses a variety of resources to conduct a campus voter registration and education campaign that informs your community and satisfies the HEA requirements. 

The time to get organized is now, the registration deadlines in October are fast approaching.

Barbara K. Mistick, D.M.
President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

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