We're mad for March!

It’s still technically February, but what’s just around the corner? Why, I do believe it’s March, bringing with it the proverbial “madness” (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, this upcoming month represents the beginning of the NCAA national basketball championships.). We’ve got our own little competition brewing in the updated leaderboards, but first…

Meeting the 2016 election head-on
TurboVote partner Dominican University of California has really taken to heart the challenge of engaging younger voters for the 2016 election. In coordination with the Commission on Presidential Debates, and using TurboVote, Dominican will hold a first-of-its-kind technology and social media initiative during the 2016 presidential debates to engage young voters. Only 41.2% of 18-24 year olds voted in 2012 — that’s a lot of folks not voting. So Dominican’s aim is to get them involved, early in the process, by asking the candidates to respond directly to young voters, in real time. We’ll be announcing details as they become available, but for now, you can check out the main page for this initiative, apply to become a delegate, and follow the conversation on social media using #CollegeDebate16. We’re very excited about this opportunity and we hope you will participate!

Free voter registration report!
By now, you know about Tufts University’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). A free service, NSLVE measures student registration and voting rates and provides each participating campus with a tailored report containing those rates broken down by age, class level, race/ethnicity, gender, voting method, and voting location. See a sample report here. This is your last chance before the 2016 election to join more than 800 colleges and universities nationwide that have already learned their rates for 2012 and 2014. This is not a survey! All you need to do is submit this authorization form. For more information, visit the NSLVE web site. Submit your form by April 15, 2016.

Are you or any of your colleagues attending NASPA in Indianapolis? If not, there’s still time to register. We will be hosting a panel of TurboVote implementers, so please be sure to stop by.

Cultivating Civic Action: Key Strategies for Voter Engagement
Tuesday, March 15 (2:30 PM - 3:20 PM)
Meeting Room 127 - Convention Center

Our TurboVote partnerships team would love to connect with you! Send us a note to partnerships@turbovote.org and let us know when we can see your session or meet you for coffee. You bring you and we’ll bring the TurboVote swag!

The madness is upon us! You can see the University of Virginia has rocketed to the #2 spot on this week’s leaderboards and BC’s right behind them at #3! We’ll have more on those meteoric rises next time, but for now, Kennesaw State remains at the top of our bracket in the #1 seed. UNC Charlotte is making a play for the top, jumping from #14 to #4 since last time and new TurboVote partners Notre Dame and Mizzou have planted in the #5 and #6 spots respectively. It takes a lot for this KU Jayhawk alum to say (especially in the month of March), but way to go, M-I-Z-Z-O-U!

Leaderboards, since Jan. 1, 2016, TurboVote signups only:

  1. Kennesaw State University - 1100
  2. The University of Virginia - 1009
  3. Boston College - 769
  4. UNC Charlotte - 754
  5. University of Notre Dame - 650
  6. University of Missouri-Columbia - 598
  7. Macomb Community College - 527
  8. Brigham Young University - 399
  9. Northeastern State University - 384
  10. Northeastern Illinois University - 343
  11. James Madison University - 329
  12. The University of Chicago - 313
  13. Washington University in St. Louis - 274
  14. DePaul University - 251
  15. Seminole State College - 245
  16. Broward College - 237
  17. University of North Carolina at Greensboro - 198
  18. Stanford University - 182
  19. St. Petersburg College - 179
  20. Pomona College - 154
  21. Bowdoin College - 153
  22. Champlain College - 153
  23. University of Florida - 153
  24. Palm Beach State College - 134
  25. Boston University - 126

As always, if you’re interested in improving your position on the leaderboard, or don’t see yourself on there at all, be sure to email partnerships@turbovote.org to see what outreach strategies you can implement to register even more students! By the time you hear from me again, I hope these leaderboards are total...madness? Be a disruptor! Get in the game! Mix it up! Bust some brackets! Beat your RPI! Win your pool! Show Dick Vitale who's really boss! Another sports analogy!

Thanks for all your hard work and until next month!

Brandon Naylor
Director of Communications
Democracy Works, makers of TurboVote

Brandon Naylor