Colleges have Voter Registration obligations too – Remember to Vote today!

Vote on Election Day – November 8th 2016

Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day. Remember to vote and encourage your students to do the same!

Voter Registration

Schools in most states and the District of Columbia must make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to their students.  Each school must make the forms widely available to its students and must individually distribute the forms to its degree or certificate seeking students if they are eligible for Federal Student Aid.

Schools can mail paper copies, or may distribute voter registration forms by emailing or text messaging each student with a message containing an acceptable voter registration form or an internet address where that form can be downloaded. The electronic message must be devoted exclusively to voter registration.

A few states such as Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming exempt schools from this requirement. In every other state, schools must request voter registration forms from the state at least 120 days prior to the state’s deadline for registering to vote. This provision applies to general and special elections for federal office and to the elections of governors and other chief executives within a state. If a school does not receive the forms within 60 days prior to the deadline for registering to vote in the state, it is not liable for failing to meet the requirement during that election year.