Higher Education Act Voter Registration Mandate and Beyond

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Students have traditionally been underrepresented at election time. Approximately two-thirds of students aged 18-24 who did not vote in the 2010 elections cited reasons that could be easily remedied by empowering students with information about the process of voter registration and voting.

The Higher Education Act (HEA) requires that institutions make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms and make such forms widely available to students in election years such as 2012. In addition to the mandate, providing voter registration opportunities to students can make an enormous difference in their civic participation.

College campuses are one of the best places to reach young voters to give them information on how to register and what they need to have their votes counted on Election Day. College administrators can play a big role in helping students get registered - with little effort.

In order to assist our members to help their students and comply with the HEA, AACRAO has been working with the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) to be able to provide several new voter registration resources.

FELN is a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. whose overall mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies, including students. As a result, we are pleased to be able to offer several new resources.

We invite you to learn more about the new voter registration resources and how to help your students.

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Ben Hovland

Ben Hovland is a Senior Attorney with the Fair Elections Legal Network and formerly deputy counsel in the Missouri Secretary of State's office.

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