Campus Election Engagement Project
Founded in 2008 by Soul of a Citizen author Paul Loeb, the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities mobilize their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls.
We focus on students because they historically vote at lower rates than other groups and because when they begin to participate, their habits of involvement can last a lifetime. WiCC hosts a statewide organizer during mid-term and presidential election years and works with member campuses to support their voter engagement efforts. The organizer consults with campuses to create a voter engagement coalition and action plan, while also creating special opportunities to link with other statewide and local groups interested in voter engagement. Deputized student volunteers, called ‘Campus Ambassadors’, work for a limited term 15 – 20 hours per week during the academic year to engage WiCC member institution students, staff, faculty and staff in the 2014 elections.
This non-partisan project helps provide CEEP resources for institutional commitments to election engagement, assisting college students to vote through peer engagement. David distributed templates for student IDs that pass the requirements of challenging new voter laws, enabling students to register and vote without needing to purchase a state ID. To utilize technology, the project utilized Rock the Vote’s registration tool and campus IT departments distributed a new election information application. You can also meet all of the student delegates nationwide who are involved in this project at #CollegeDebate16.
According to CEEP National Director Paul Loeb, “Wisconsin was one of our strongest states, engaged by former United Council of Wisconsin Students voter engagement staffer David Vines. Working through WiCC, David worked directly with 34 schools and distributed materials to 9 more, with a combined total enrollment of 252,000 students.”
“With the help of 60 deputized volunteers, coordinated through UW-Stevens Point student government, our Stevens Point ambassadors registered nearly 2,000 voters, in part by coordinating with the Residence Hall Association to sign people up at the dorm entrances and by having student Senators staff a table in the student union.” – Stevens Point CEEP Project
“The door-to-door approach made an impact. I remember going to one student’s room, and she said she could not vote because she was not registered in Milwaukee, she did not know that she could either request an absentee ballot or register at her dorm address. As we continued to knock on doors, we found out that she was not the only one who was in this situation. There were a lot of other students who were not aware of an absentee ballot and thought that they had to drive back to their home states in order to vote.” – Mount Mary University CEEP Project
“A CEEP grant was provided to help fund the Historic Headlines event in the Election Experience. For this event, students researched newspaper headlines from local, national, and international sources that were either about elections, or events that were connected to elections. These front pages, along with a brief explanation of the selection and its political relevance, were displayed for one week along the main concourse of the campus. Twelve headlines were displayed and, while an exact calculation of impact is impossible, it is estimated that hundreds of students, staff, and faculty interacted with the display. This increased interest in the election and awareness of the length and continuity of the American political process.” – UW-Parkside CEEP Project