Recent campus organizing, advocacy, and litigation efforts have successfully secured polling places on campuses – streamlining the process for students, staff, and faculty to vote on Election Day and during the early voting period. A relatively unexplored issue, the Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) has successfully organized and advocated to bring polling places on campuses and litigated where necessary. Speaker Alex Dennis, a North Carolinian campus administrator from East Carolina University (and an AGF Campus Champion), will share best practices of his recent campus win. Speaker Rebecca Diaz, a Floridian student (and an AGF Student Ambassador), will share best practices of her recent win to remove a state-imposed legal obstacle and best practices around implementing the win locally on her campus at the University of Florida in Miami-Dade. Speaker Yael Bromberg, Chief Counsel for Voting Rights with AGF, will share her findings from a forthcoming national report on the state of polling places on campuses, and provide a constitutional framework through which to review these obstacles and trends premised on the Twenty-Sixth Amendment designed to bring young people into the political process. Through the sharing of research reports, field experience, and discussion, participants will leave with an understanding of the impact of on-campus polling sites on young people, barriers and opportunities, and practical strategies for bringing polling sites to your campus.
| Learning outcomes:
Participants will be able:
Understand how youth-centered organizing, advocacy, and litigation are effective strategies for securing polling sites and advancing political participation.
Adopt AGF research tools and resources to support their efforts for an on-campus polling site.
Contextualize obstacles and opportunities within a youth voting rights and Twenty-Sixth Amendment framework.
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