How and why to talk to students about voting

The Morgridge Center for Public Service is encouraging faculty and staff to talk to their students about voting. The center recently shared the following article, titled “Talk about Voting: How and why to talk to students about voting,” in their March 1 Engaged Scholars e-newsletter:

Research out of Tufts University has found that the greatest predictor of student voting is faculty and instructors talking about the importance of voting with their students. We think this extends to all of us who interact with students.

We’re on a mission to make sure every student knows how and where to vote, and we need as much help as we can get! Most importantly, we’re working hard to spread the word about new voter ID laws. Many students have a Wisconsin driver’s license or a US Passport. But many thousands of other students will need to go to Union South to obtain their free voter ID. The best place to send students for information is

Consider how you can remind students of their important civic duty: Perhaps an email or a short message before class starts. Even short and simple matters! And it’s not political… it’s democracy. Learn more.

Please note that UW employees are allowed to participate in – and encourage participation in – non-partisan events that encourage voter education and registration. Similarly, the campus may host non-partisan events to encourage voter education and participation, such as candidate forums and voter registration efforts.

For more information about university policy in this area, please consult the document: “Guidance on Political Campaign Activities at University of Wisconsin System Institutions.”