As convenient as online resources are, at the end of the day voter registration is still an in-person, pen-and-paper, mail-in-forms process in the vast majority of states. UVote relies on trained staff and face-to-face interactions to ensure that forms are completed and processed correctly and that students’ questions and needs are met at the moment of registration.
Not unlike the voter registration efforts you see in some states at the DMV (often known as motor voter laws), UVote embeds voter registration into official university activities that offer every student an opportunity to register to vote. Whether it’s while obtaining a student ID, registering for classes or engaging in another campus-wide activity, UVote schools give students an in-person opportunity to register right there while on campus. This “comprehensive ask” is what sets UVote apart from other campus registration efforts that do not associate the opportunity to register with official school activities.
While student leadership plays a vital role in voter registration, the most successful college efforts require the support of staff, faculty and administrators. Institutional backing ensures that best practices are maintained as students come and go. UVote schools appoint 1-2 staff or faculty leaders who are trained to serve as staff champions and point persons for voter registration at their school.
Students are given a face-to-face opportunity to register to vote in-person at a campus-wide activity or event. This typically occurs during orientation week and is targeted at incoming students who are registering for classes, obtaining their student ID or moving into their dorms for the first time.
Students have a lot on their plate at school and their registration status is not always their first priority. Using in-person and email reminders, UVote makes sure students know when and where they registered and which elections are coming up.
Whether voting in person at a campus or nearby polling place, or by absentee ballot back home, UVote reminds students about the information they need to follow through and actually vote!
Because students frequently move or change their address, UVote provides opportunities and reminders to help them keep their registration information up-to-date.