The 2019 TurboVote Summer Associates: end of summer recap

Over the past 10 weeks, our 2019 TurboVote Summer Associates have led and contributed to a variety of voter engagement projects to help us continue making voting fit the way we live. We have watched five exceptional students demonstrate a strong commitment to our democracy and undergo significant professional growth. We asked our associates about what they accomplished and learned during their internship and how it will shape their future career aspirations.

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Thamara Jean
How Stanford Used TurboVote to Mobilize for the Midterms

In the spring of 2018, Stanford faculty, staff, and students met to discuss how to improve voter participation. They grappled with the fact that, according to NSLVE data, fewer than 16.7% of eligible voters at Stanford participated in the 2014 midterm election. They had no idea at the time, but that meeting would spark a campus-wide effort that mobilized hundreds of people from every corner of the university.

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Tanene Allison
The 2019 TurboVote Summer Associates have arrived!

Our 2019 TurboVote Summer Associates have arrived! We’re incredibly excited to have five exceptional students joining Democracy Works to help us continue making voting fit the way we live. They come from the far away lands of New Mexico, California, Michigan, Connecticut, and Manhattan, but have settled down in our Brooklyn office for the next nine weeks. We’ve asked our associates to share a little more about themselves below, so you can get to know them better!

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We’re committed to serving voters

Every single person who relies on TurboVote should be able to vote with confidence. We understand the frustration of any TurboVote user who thought they had registered to vote, but had in fact not completed the process, and we sincerely apologize to those individuals and their election officials.

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Kathryn Peters
We Aced the Midterms!

100,000 TurboVote signups across our community of more than 130 higher education partners. That’s what we wanted. It would mean 100,000 students, many of whom would be brand-new voters, mobilized in some way for the midterm elections: by registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, or simply signing up for our election reminders to have the empowering information they need to get to the polls.

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Brandon Naylor