NAICU Washington Update

Back to Campus Notes: Voter Registration and Constitutional Day

August 22, 2019

The requirements can be met by providing access to voter registration forms electronically through an email message devoted exclusively to voter registration. 
Background information on required campus voter registration activities can be found on the NAICU website.  Students may register to vote or request an absentee ballot from the website Can-I-Vote, sponsored by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
With the 2020 Presidential Campaign already underway, NASS is promoting September 24 as National Voter Registration Day 2019.  NASS encourages eligible individuals to register to vote or check their voter registration information as well as sign-up for election alerts and reminders from state or local election offices.  To help organize a voter registration event on your campus, see the resources available on the National Voter Registration Day website.

Constitution Day
Colleges and universities receiving federal funds are required to annually conduct an educational program related to the United States Constitution on September 17.

Congress passed legislation in 2005 mandating the commemoration of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Since the federal provision does not define "educational program," campuses have a great deal of latitude as to how to observe the event. The regulations do not indicate any penalties for failure to comply with the mandate, nor do they indicate that specific activities need to be reported.
The Library of Congress website and the Constitution Center website both list a number of resources for planning activities and recognizing Constitution Day.
NAICU encourages all of our members to embrace this opportunity to advance civic education.

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