ATLANTA – Georgia State University has once again been designated a Voter Friendly Campus! Only 258 universities in the country received this designation by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA. The initiative recognizes institutions that have planned and implemented practices that encourage their students to register and vote.
The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster college and university efforts to help students overcome barriers to political participation every year, not just during years featuring federal elections. Georgia State was evaluated based on a written plan for how we planned to register, educate and turnout student voters; how we facilitated voter engagement efforts on our campus; and a final analysis of our efforts. Director of Student Civic Engagement, Ellin McDonough, led the team who submitted the plan. "I'm very proud of our team and the work we have done to get our student body civically engaged. We've truly seen a difference in our students."
Vice President of Student Engagement, Dr. Michael Sanseviro, is an active champion of student voter engagement. "Being a Voter Friendly Campus is so much larger than just getting students registered to vote and out to the polls - it is about a culture of democracy and continuous engagement in thoughtful dialogue and action focused on creating vibrant and healthy campus communities where all voices are valued." Georgia State has made a strong statement about our civic mission to prepare students to be engaged participants in our democracy and is eager to continue engaging students through 2023, 2024 and beyond.
The institutions designated Voter Friendly Campuses represent a wide range of two-year, four-year, public, private, rural, and urban campuses, collectively serving over 3.5 million students. Notably, the list of designated institutions includes 49 Minority Serving Institutions and 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as 41 Community Colleges.
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NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Our work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.
Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and legal support organization that works to eliminate barriers to voting and improve election administration across the United States. Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting and helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.