For Immediate Release
April 3, 2014
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Brockport Partners with Turbovote to Expand On-Campus Voter Outreach
Move aimed to make the voter process more user-friendly for students
BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, is partnering with TurboVote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, to adopt an innovative “one-stop-shop” voter engagement platform that will make voting easier for students. Brockport is one of only 100 institutions across the country who have been awarded discounted access to the TurboVote tool through a grant provided by the Rita Allen Foundation.
Two of the nation’s leading higher education associations—the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)— are partnering with TurboVote to support implementation of the Rita Allen grant. Through partnership with TurboVote, AASCU and NASPA hope to help member institutions improve voter engagement efforts on their campuses and use civic engagement as a mechanism to achieve broader learning objectives.
TurboVote is a project of Democracy Works, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is passionate about building the democracy of the future. It is designed to make voting easy. When students sign up, TurboVote keeps track of all their elections—local, state and national. If students wish to register, update their addresses or request absentee ballots, TurboVote sends them all the forms and information they need with pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes. For every election, TurboVote sends text message and email reminders to all users with important election information, dates and deadlines, in an effort to try to ensure that they never miss another election. TurboVote’s tool makes it possible to conduct voter engagement without collecting or submitting a single form. Simply by sharing a link, schools can seamlessly embed voter engagement into established processes and student interactions such as freshman orientation and class registration.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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