NAICU Washington Update

It’s Voter Registration Time in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi

September 04, 2015

With gubernatorial elections this fall in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi, college and universities in those three states are required to distribute voter registration forms to their students as prescribed in the 1998 Higher Education Act. 

This requirement may now be met by providing access to the forms electronically through an email message devoted exclusively to voter registration. 

The statutory language, as well as other helpful background materials, can be found here: HEA 101 Voter Registration Quick Guide. Students may register to vote or request an absentee ballot through the Can I Vote website.  

Voter Registration Events

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has declared September as National Voter Registration Month. The object is to celebrate democracy and make voting part of back-to-school and back-to-business routines. NASS encourages eligible individuals to register to vote, check their voter registration information, and sign-up for election alerts and reminders from state or local election offices.

NAICU member colleges and universities may choose to align planned voter registration activities with National Voter Registration Day on September 22, 2015.  Last year, more than 154,000 Americans registered to vote through National Voter Registration Day partner locations and websites.  

Volunteers and organizations from all over the country will hit the streets for this important civic event. Help organize a voter registration event on your campus, or link your existing event to National Voter Registration Day to take advantage of the many resources the coalition has to offer and to see your event listed on the NVRD national map. Visit the National Voter Registration Day website for more information.

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