The National Campus Voter Registration Project has launched a nonpartisan, nationwide campaign to register college students, educate students about the issues and candidates, and motivate students to go to the polls on Election Day. The National Campus Voter Registration Project, is a joint effort of 50 national higher education associations that provides resources to the nation’s 3,700 colleges and universities to aid campus efforts for the 2008 election.
The Your Vote, Your Voice web site includes state-by-state details on voter registration, voter education and participation activities. The campaign is targeted to campus organizers.
“In the last two presidential elections, students saw the difference that each individual vote can make,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “Civic awareness and voter engagement is on the rise on campuses across the country. If the momentum continues through the party conventions and into the fall, the student vote will not only hit a record high but it could determine our next president.”
Throughout the primaries, polls have shown record levels of engagement among the nation’s youth, especially with college students, who have taken on active roles in the 2008 primary season. Research by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Education (CIRCLE) found that 79 percent of the youth voting, ages 18- 29, in the 2008 Super Tuesday primaries on February 5 had attended college.
The project is co-chaired by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).