adp_newlogo_FINAL.pngElections provide a gateway for deeper civic learning and democratic engagement beyond just casting a ballot. In the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections, AASC&U's American Democracy Project created a partnership with the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement to support campuses engaged in nonpartisan voter registration and education efforts. 

With the support from other national organizations, including, among others, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Campus Vote Project, TurboVote, Andrew Goodman Foundation, and the Campus Election Engagement Project, turnout among young people increased to at least 31 percent in 2018, the highest turnout among this voting block in 25 years. Despite this progress, more than two-thirds of young adults didn’t exercise their right to vote, making it more difficult for them to express their views and hold elected officials accountable.

Representative democracy works best when all perspectives are represented in political and decision-making processes. Yet, not everyone can equally access, express voice or participate in democracy. Work with campuses in 2018 provided insights for what strategies and additional resources may help overcome the technical and motivational barriers to voting. As we turn our attention to the 2020 Census and the 2020 presidential election, we welcome your suggestions, thoughts and input to increase the collective capacity of ADP campuses and nonpartisan national voter education organizations to prepare students for meaningful and informed engagement in civic and political life, which includes becoming a voter. Contact us.

American Democracy Project Webinars

Previous Webinars

"CLDE Theorty to Practice" featuring Lindsey Woelker, Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Andy Lokie and Darrell Hamlin of the eJournal of Public Affairs.

(Watch on YouTube)
"Higher Education's Mandate for the Midterm and Beyond" featuring Nancy Thomas, IDHE, Tufts Univerity, and Anna Connole, Campus Vote Project Fellow at the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

"Mock Debates for Civil Discourse to Increase Democratic and Civic Engagement on College Campuses," featuring Semline Delva, Program Coordinator for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Kennesaw State University, and Grace Stafford, Kennesaw State University Campus Election Engagement Project Fellow: Part 1, Part 2.


Resources to Support Voter Registration & Education

The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University created countless resources to support campuses.  Here are two that we rely upon heavily at JMU:

The Campus Vote Project is part of the Fair Elections Center and works with colleges and universities to reduce barriers to student voting.  They created state-specific guides to support student voting that we find helpful.

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.

The Students Learn Students Vote Coalition is a wonderful network of organizations dedicated to improving democratic engagement among college students.  Resources range from a simple checklist to support our efforts to a more significant guide for campuses developing action plans to increase voting rates and political engagement.

Join the ADP is ALL IN Challenge

CN_AllInLogo_250.pngThe American Democracy Project partners with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to establish the “ADP is ALL IN to Vote” program. ALL IN is a nonpartisan national award program recognizing colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voter rates.

The ALL IN Challenge has a resource hub to guide campuses through creating a voter engagement action plan and created the HE-SVE (Higher Education-Student Voter Engagement) Forum to make it easy for you to connect with others, ask questions, share resources, and learn from peers by actively communicating with those working to improve voter engagement on college campuses. The HE-SVE Google Group can be joined here.

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