In 2020, Baylor official became a partner of the Vote Everywhere program and The Andrew Goodman Foundation
Vote Everywhere is a national, non-partisan, civic engagement movement of student leaders and university partners. The program provides extensive training, resources, as well as a peer network to support its Ambassadors while they work to register voters, bring down voting barriers, and tackle important social justice issues on their college campuses.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation works to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy. We support youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on campuses across the country with mini-grants to select institutions of higher learning and other financial assistance to student leaders. Join us as we inspire more young people to pursue social change work, activate important lessons of the past, and sustain today’s effective social action.Visit my.VoteEverywhere-BearsVOTE!
Baylor University wants you to be an educated voter and participate in our democracy. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." There are many organizations around committed to helping individuals become informed participants, here are a few suggestions if you need assistance.
The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. They also sponsor an informational site with personalized voting information, including: what is on the ballot in your area, check your voter registration, help you find your polling place, discover debates in your area and much more. Visit Vote 411 for these things and non-partisan voter guides about issues and candidates specific to your voting area.
Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services. They also provide State Specific Voting Information such as polling place locations, voter registration information, and candidate information.
Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), is a national nonpartisan project that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state, and local elections. Drawing in stakeholders throughout our partner campuses, we combine our powerful resources with personalized coaching, guiding schools on how to use our resources and navigate students through ever-changing barriers to voting. Working with us, schools help their students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves on candidates and issues, navigate confusing voting laws, and turn out at the polls.
Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. For over 25 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way to use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power. Rock the Vote registered and turned out millions of young voters on campuses, in communities, and online. They’ve successfully fought for — and defended — voting rights and increased access to democracy. Rock the Vote raised awareness and campaigned for issues that impact the lives of young people. They’ve pioneered innovative ways to make registration and voting work for young voters, and built open-source technology to empower other organizations, too.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives for a more inclusive democracy—one in which all voices are heard. ALL IN envisions a country in which the electorate mirrors our country’s makeup and college students are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections, and not just at the polls. Baylor is proud to receive a Silver Seal recognition for increased voting by students.
In 2016, as part of the NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Lead Initiative, Baylor joined the National Study of Learning, Voting, & Engagement (NSLVE) sponsored by the Institute for Democracy in Higher Education at Tufts University. NSLVE is the first and only study to objectively examine student and institution-level data on student registration & voting and to share these data with participating campuses.
Voting is by no means the only indicator of civic engagement, but it is fundamental. Studying the voting rates of students provides an important measure that can catalyze improvements in academic programs and co-curricular experiences (NSLVE, 2017).
Text BearsVOTE to 56525 to receive messages for updates on registration and voting deadlines, reminders, and general voter information straight to your phone! This is a quick and easy way to stay informed on this year's election.
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