TDC Opportunities for Members

TDC Adopts National Voter Registration Day as a Special Day of Action

National Voter Registration Day, September 27, 2016

The Democracy Commitment adopts National Voter Registration Day as a Special Day of Action.  According to the coalition, in 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.   In 2016, the movement wants to make sure no one is left out.  On September 27, 2016, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).  This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.  National Voter Registration Day is an opportunity to put our differences aside and celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans; democracy.

TDC encourages all member institutions to join the national network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media to register voters on their campuses and communities while also receiving pledges to vote from those already registered.

Register to Vote using the TDC Register to Vote Tool powered by Rock the Vote: https://register2.rockthevote.com/?partner=35891.  Already registered? Share it with someone who is not!

TDC member institutions who have schedule events include:

  • Allegany College Of Maryland
  • Community College Of Allegheny
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Delta College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Lone Star College
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Miami Dade College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Palo Alto College
  • Paradise Valley Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Santa Fe College
  • South Mountain Community College
  • Tarrant County College

Join them and take action!  Click HERE to sign-up.

For further information, visit their website: http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org

ADP/TDC Presidential Debate Watch Tweet-Up Series Announced

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Join Us! Engage the Election 2016 Debate Watch #iDebate16 Tweet-Ups

As part of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 initiative powered by icitizen, we will be hosting a series of Presidential Debate Watch Tweet-ups.

Planning a debate watch event on campus? Consider tweeting your ideas, questions, analysis and observations about the 2016 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates as part of a political science, communications or other academic course or as part of a watch event planned on campus. Or join the conversation on your own! Whether you’re hosting a campus or organizational debate watch event or will be tuning into the debates on your own, we hope you’ll join us on Twitter using the #iDebate16 hashtag for a robust conversation and analysis of the debates, the candidates and the issues confronting our democracy.

If you’re hosting a debate watch event and/or plan to participate in these tweet-ups, please register your participation in this Google Form.

As ADP and TDC are non-partisan and interested in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens, we hope many of you will join us and encourage your students to do so as well—we want to encourage more students to engage in the electoral process and are not looking for a partisan battle, but for a supportive, interesting, and analytical conversation that encourages civic and political engagement.

Join Us!

  • What:  ADP/TDC 2016 Presidential Debate Watch Tweet-Ups
  • When:
    • Monday, 9/26:  Presidential Debate 1 from Hofstra University in NYC from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Eastern (our programming from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern)
    • Tuesday, 10/4: Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University in Virginia 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Eastern (our programming from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern)
    • Sunday, 10/9: Presidential Town Hall Meeting (time not yet announced)
    • Wednesday, 10/19:  Presidential Debate 2 from UNLV from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Eastern (our programming from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern)
  • How: On Twitter using the hashtag #iDebate16; it only takes a few minutes for most students to learn to use Twitter, and they can create an account at https://twitter.com
  • Follow: @ADPaascu@TDCnational@icitizen and @ISUSOC_SMACC

Tweet-Up Guide:  Be sure to check out our all-new 2016 ADP/TDC Debate Watch Tweet-Up Guide!

Other Debate Watch Event Resources:

We’re thrilled to partner with icitizen, a civic technology company that will be conducting polling throughout the Presidential debates, as well as the election itself. They want to hear your voice! Go to www.icitizen.com, and/or download the icitizen app on your smartphone or tablet. You’ll be able to vote in polls and see how your answers stack up against others nationwide. In addition, Illinois State University’s Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC) will track and provide analysis of our #iDebate16 tweet-ups

Engage the Election Webinar #9- ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Engage the Election 2016 Webinar #9:
Is your campus ALL IN? Join the Challenge to Increase Democratic Engagement

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST
RSVP here.

all inIs your campus ALL IN? More than 130 college campuses across 33 states (including 45 ADP campuses & 12 TDC campuses) have committed to improving democratic engagement by joining the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

The challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative recognizing campuses for increasing democratic engagement and student voting. Your campus is invited to a special Engage the Election 2016 webinar to learn more about this exciting new initiative. During the webinar, participants will: learn about the background of the ALL IN Challenge and why it is important for campuses to join; understand who can join, and how to join; and be introduced to the steps involved after committing as well as the opportunity for recognition and awards. RSVP TODAY for the Webinar Tomorrow!!

 

“Citizenship Under Siege” Fall 2016 Webinar Series

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Citizenship Under Siege:
Promoting Listening, Learning, and Engagement

Fall 2016 Webinar SeriesThe US Constitution’s preamble speaks of “We the People”—but who is considered part of that sacred circle, and how has this group varied over time? When national identity is hotly contested, what does it mean to experience citizenship as partial, denied, or fully acknowledged? How can the humanities illuminate differing narratives and open up space for understanding, connections, and shared visions of the future?

The Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment invite faculty, staff, students, and campus community partners to join in one or all of three FREE webinars. These events are designed to expand campus expertise on how to hold constructive conversations about contentious issues and how to institute practices in and out of the classroom that foster engagement across differences.

More information is available here.

A Three-Part Series
3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

From Fractious Differences to Engaged Dialogues (October 13, 2016)
How can texts and techniques from the humanities disrupt unexamined positions, put human faces to abstract ideas, and help open up spaces where dialogue and consensus might emerge on historic and contemporary questions about citizenship and who deserves it? What models exist for training dialogue facilitators who can help encourage listening and perspective taking across seemingly intractable positions? (Register online)

Income Inequality and the Cost of Citizenship (October 27, 2016)
When economic disparities—often intertwined with ethnic, racial, and religious differences—impose real limitations on public participation, how can the humanities provide insights into the historic and persistent reality of differential access to full citizenship rights? Learn how several campuses have engaged their students and communities in examining this issue. (Register online)

I Want My Country Back: Immigration, Race, and Citizenship (November 3, 2016)
In the midst of sometimes-dramatic demographic and cultural shifts, how have the humanities served to illuminate felt experiences, historical contexts, and ethical issues as the rich mosaic of people in the United States fluctuates? What approaches, courses, and public events lead to shared ends rather than perpetual conflict or feelings of displacement? (Register online)

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these webinars do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

RSVP Today for the Engage the Election Webinars #8 and 9

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Webinar #8
Text, Talk, Vote!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 2 p.m. EST
Register here.

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 uses a text-based platform to facilitate in-person conversations about voting with a small group of young people (3-4 per group). The group receives and discusses prompts delivered by text, interacting with each other and moving through the program at their own pace. The free program creates meaningful conversations about politics and policy, elevates the voices of younger voters, and increases civic participation and turnout. After using the platform, participants identifying as “definitely going to vote” rises by 21%. Participants not only enjoy the program and have a great time, but also feel more informed and report learning something new from their peers. Try Text, Talk, Vote right now by texting in “Vote” to 42016. You can use this free, open platform whenever you want.


Webinar #9
Is your campus ALL IN? Join the Challenge to Increase Democratic Engagement
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST
RSVP here.

all inIs your campus ALL IN? More than 130 college campuses across 33 states (including 45 ADP campuses & 12 TDC campuses) have committed to improving democratic engagement by joining the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative recognizing campuses for increasing democratic engagement and student voting. Your campus is invited to a special ADP webinar to learn more about this exciting new initiative. During the webinar, participants will: learn about the background of the ALL IN Challenge and why it is important for campuses to join; understand who can join, and how to join; and be introduced to the steps involved after committing as well as the opportunity for recognition and awards.

 

RSVP Today for Free Engage the Election 2016 Webinar Tomorrow

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TOMORROW
Webinar #7
Graduating Students into Voters:  Overcoming the Psychological Barriers Faced by Student Voters and Improving Student Voting Rates Using Insights from the Behavioral Sciences
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. Eastern  RSVP here.

Graduating Student VotersHow do students decide to vote? And why do some students fail to cast a ballot even though they intend to on Election Day? More importantly, can we design programs to overcome barriers to student voting with simple, scalable innovations? In this webinar the behavioral design lab, ideas42, will review major findings from their new research on how insights from the behavioral sciences – including the fields of psychology and behavioral economics – can shed light on both the internal psychological forces (like a feeling that voting isn’t for me) and seemingly small external hassles (like not having a stamp to mail a voter registration form) that impact student voting. Participants will learn about the role of identity and social norms, the effect of being a first-time voter, and the impact of psychological distance on voting behavior. Participants will also walk away with more than 30 actionable tips and tricks that can be easily integrated to on-campus programs to improve their efficacy. Armed with these tips and tricks, we believe colleges and universities can more successfully execute on their mission to educate civically engaged youth. Read the research report here.

 

Engage the Election Webinar: Is Your Campus ALL IN?

As part of our ADP/TDC 2016 Engage the Election initiative, we’re partnering with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to bring you a webinar focused on this national, nonpartisan initiative focused on recognizing campuses that are increasing democratic engagement and student voting. Over 45 ADP and 12 TDC campuses are already signed up — this webinar is for campuses considering participating as well as campuses that are already ALL IN and want to know more about next steps. We hope you join us!


all-inIs your campus ALL IN? More than 130 college campuses across 33 states have committed to improving democratic engagement by joining the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative recognizing campuses for increasing democratic engagement and student voting. Your campus is invited to a special ADP/TDC Engage the Election webinar to learn more about this exciting new initiative.

The webinar will include:

  • The background of the ALL IN Challenge;
  • Why it is important for ADP campuses to join;
  • Who can join, and how to join;
  • The steps involved after committing;
  • Recognition and awards;
  • Q&A.

Date: Wed. September 21, 2016
Time: 2 p.m. ET

Register for the webinar HERE.

If you can’t join us for the ADP/TDC ALL IN Challenge webinar on September 21, then we invite you to participate in one of the other ALL IN Challenge webinars being offered this month, or contact Catherine Fish at cat@civicnation.org for additional information.

Campus Vote Project Webinars Announced

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Our partners and friends at the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project are holding a set of upcoming webinars to get up-to-date on state-specific election laws and the current best practices for voter engagement on campus. They’ll also share useful tools and how they can support your work.

The “Best Practices for Voter Engagement” webinars will cover:

  • Why Student Voting Matters,
  • Best Practices for Student Democratic Engagement,
  • Tools to Guide Your Work,
  • And State-based Election Law.

Florida Best Practices for Voter Engagement
When: August 25 at 1:30pm ET | RSVP HERE

Michigan Best Practices for Voter Engagement
When: August 30th at 1pm ET/12pm CT | RSVP HERE

Pennsylvania Best Practices for Voter Engagement
When: August 31st, at 12pm ET | RSVP HERE

Wisconsin Best Practices for Voter Engagement
When: August 31st at 2pm ET/1pm CT | RSVP HERE

Ohio Best Practices for Voter Engagement
When: September 13th at 12:30pm ET | RSVP HERE

Virginia Best Practices for Voter Engagement
When: September 15th at 12pm ET | RSVP HERE

Engage the Election: 2016 Webinar- This Wednesday!!!

Don’t Miss this week’s Engage the Election Webinar!

Webinar 6: Voter Registration & Campus Technology: Engaging Student Voters by the Thousands
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST

turbovote-logoOffered in partnership with TurboVote, this webinar will explore the research and subsequent implementation of an innovative (yet, easy!) voter engagement strategy: integrating voter registrati
on and resources into campus IT infrastructure. The TurboVote team and their campus partners will share success stories and their personal experiences with engaging the necessary stakeholders and turning web-based student portals and pass-throughs into “online voter registration tables.” Just in time for this fall’s election, we invite you to join us in raising the voter engagement bar and institutionalizing your registration efforts so voting can fit the way students live.

Speakers:   Matt Tharp and Emily Giffin, TurboVote Partner Support Leads will be joined by TurboVote Campus Partners

RSVP TODAY!

Pew’s Voting Information Project (VIP)

Pew’s Voting Information Project (VIP): Delivering Non-Partisan Voting Information in 2016

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What’s the first thing you do when you realize there’s an election coming?  If you’re like most people, you probably open a search engine and search “where’s my polling place?” or “what’s on my ballot?”  To make sure you can find this information and trust what you find, The Pew Charitable Trusts partnered with election officials and Google in 2008 to create the Voting Information Project (VIP) to give voters access to the information they need to cast a ballot on or before Election Day.

VIP has already provided election information for 44 elections, including 29 presidential preference primaries, and helped more than 3.4 million people find their polling place and ballot information via Facebook, presidential campaigns on both sides of the aisle, media websites, third party groups, and more, including our own website!  VIP provides free tools that anyone can use or promote to help their constituents find accurate, official voting information without requiring any personally identifiable information.  In addition, all of VIP’s information is published via the Google Civic Information API, which is open source and free for anyone to use

  • The Voting Information Tool is mobile-friendly, customizable tool that can be placed on your website. It provides official voting information, including polling locations, to anyone using just a residential address and is available in 16 languages.  You can try  the customizer to see how easy it is to use and to design the tool exactly how you want it to look, or the tool itself is open source and can be customized even further.
  • White-label iOS and Android mobile apps that can be customized, branded, and released by state and local governments. The apps are available in Spanish and English, and are both open source (iOS and Android).
  • short messaging service (SMS) tool provides voters with election information via text message in 10 languages. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find their polling place or dropbox location, contact information for a local election official, and a link to check voter registration status.  Although it isn’t customizable, anyone is welcome to promote it.
  • GettothePolls.com is a joint effort of Pew and the Internet Association.  The site allows voters to enter their addresses and find the location and hours of their polling place and ballot and candidate information.  Anyone can promote or link to this website.

If you or your organization has questions about VIP, please contact info@votinginfoproject.org and follow VIP on Twitter!