Kate Giaquinto is the communications specialist at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. She’s excited to partner up with TurboVote at her alma mater and to help prepare students to vote this fall.
We had been looking for a way to simplify registration at Saint Anselm College and were introduced to TurboVote at a conference held at Harvard’s Kennedy School. We were impressed with its ease and ability to deal with complicated registration forms from multiple states, all with different due dates and procedures.
So we had to find out how it could work at our small college of under 2,000 students. We took a poll using Survey Monkey, asking students if they were registered to vote and if they planned on voting this fall. Nearly 300 responded by saying they intended to vote this fall, but only 50-60% them were registered and many were unsure how to obtain an absentee ballot from their hometown.
Based on this poll, we realized TurboVote would definitely be a valuable resource at the college. After signing up as a partner this past May, we’ve spent the summer eagerly planning for the fall. In September we will:
1. Incorporate TurboVote into our already established and student-run “Citizenship Week,” which includes a mock debate, pub trivia, speakers and a naturalization ceremony. We’ll have TurboVote laptops and tablets available at designated, high-traffic locations, making signing up for TurboVote a natural part of every event.
2. Incorporate TurboVote into our online communications by:
- Creating an imbedded page on the Anselm.edu page
- Sending a campus-wide email from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library
- Including a QR code on posters and in web and email correspondence
We’ll be reporting back on our progress in the coming months and will be checking this blog to find out what other partners are planning.