Campus event ideas
On-campus events, like concerts or speakers, are a great way to create buzz and excitement around elections affecting your institution's community — local, state, or national! They provide an opportunity for a major social media boost through photos, videos, and event hashtags to bolster campus-wide conversations. With a little bit of planning, you can have vast swaths of campus signed up for TurboVote and ready to vote in no time!
Debate watch parties
Students (or faculty and staff) can come together and discuss key issues with their peers.
Student surrogate candidate forum
Arrange student representatives from candidate clubs to debate each other and answer questions about their candidate’s positions.
Invite candidates running for local office to campus to talk to students in a candidate forum.
Ain't no party like a voter registration party!
Host a free concert on campus complete with food trucks, swag, and, of course, the opportunity to sign up for TurboVote.
Partner with outside organizations to increase the hype (do I hear ice cream?!)
Working with local or national organizations on an event can multiply the energy.
For example, TurboVote campuses in the past have partnered with Ben & Jerry's to give away free ice cream to students. Marian Woznica, 2017 TurboVote implementer and student outreach coordinator in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, explained how the joint event went on her campus in the quote below.
"Led by student initiative, Tufts University housed National Voter Registration Day within a larger “Civics Festival” or “Civics Fest,” where we not only registered students to vote through TurboVote but also showcased 10 different civically-engaged student groups on campus. From 12 - 3 p.m. on a sweltering, beautiful, 80-degree Tuesday, we rooted ourselves in the student hub of Tufts and attracted passersby with music, candy, giveaways, and most significantly, ice cream. Through an incredibly generous gift from Ben & Jerry’s, Civics Fest was able to give away 500 scoops of free ice cream for anyone who signed up for TurboVote and registered for reminders, absentee ballot assistance, and first-time voting.
Bolstered by the attraction of the Ben and Jerry’s truck and the warm weather, the event exceeded our expectations; we aimed for 200 - 300 students to come through, and final tallies indicate that we registered more than 400. Both students who advertised their groups and volunteered as registration assistants considered the event a slam dunk and are excited to continue it as an annual celebration in the future. We are so grateful to the TurboVote team and Ben & Jerry’s for making this event so easy and are eager to get out the vote even more!"
Leading up to Election Day, work with Dining Hall staff to decorate the dining halls so students won't forget to cast their ballot.
On key registration and election days, coordinate a flash mob-esque event where students run around campus with your school's mascot.
Follow the University of Idaho's lead and give students a ride to class and have them sign up for TurboVote on the way!