THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1998
Colleges and universities have an obligation under federal law to make voter registration and voting available to all students. The federal Higher Education Act of 1998 includes a requirement for all higher education institutions to make a “good faith effort” to provide voter registration forms for all enrolled students. This is a mandate that most colleges and universities don’t live up to. As students you have the right and power to educate your administrators on the existence of the provision and hold them accountable for implementing it!
“The institution…will make a good faith effort to distribute a mail voter registration from, requested and received from the State, to each student enrolled in a degree or certificate program and physically in attendance at the institution, and to make such forms widely available to students at the institution.”
This is an ongoing process, but be sure to use the Higher Education Act as the foundation of your plan of action. Your goal is to partner with your administration, student government and student groups to fulfill the spirit of this critical federal law and to dramatically increase voter registration, education and turnout on your campus.
HOW TO LAUNCH GOHV
Get Oout Her Vote (GOHV) activities will energize your group and help you become established as a powerful and visible multi-issue group on campus. As you increase the votes and voices of students this semester, you will also build key alliances with other student groups. Be sure to connect with your FMF Organizer for more tools and resources! Check out our toolkit for step by step guide to bring it to your campus: 2016 GOHV TOOLKIT
1. Elevate Feminist Issues and Mobilize the Feminist Vote
2. Increase Access to Voting on Campus
ACCESS TO VOTING EQUALS ACCESS TO…
Reproductive Rights, Civil Rights, Climate Justice, Higher Education and LGBTQ Rights!
ACCESS to Information!
What resources does your campus community need in order to access their right to vote?
1. Issue Education: Knowledge of what’s at stake in this election and the issues that most impact your campus
2. Nuts and Bolts of Voting Where and when to vote and register
ACCESS to Your Polling Place!
How will your campus community physically get to the polling place?
1. Polling Place on Campus Students are most likely to vote if the precinct is on campus
2. Transportation to Polling Place If you are unable to get a polling place on campus, ensure that ALL students have access to the poll through free transportation.
3. Time to Vote Ensure that every student is given the time necessary to vote
ACCESS to Your Ballot!
Once your campus community is at a polling place, how do you ensure they access their ballot?
1. Student Poll Workers Research shows student poll workers help combat student voter suppression and discrimination in polling places
2. Poll Volunteers Having a team student volunteers on hand at campus polling places to give out water, snacks and voting rights information can help ensure that students stay and safely obtain their ballot
3. Early Voting Early voting means shorter lines and students are more likely to be able to access their ballot if they vote prior to Election Day