This past spring, Wells College partnered with Turbovote, an easy-to-use election information service created by Democracy Works. The organization recently informed us that leading up to this fall's election season, more than a hundred students signed up for TurboVote—using it to register to vote, request an absentee ballot or information tailored to their own district, and/or sign up for reminders about upcoming elections. This participation rate—over 20% of our students—put Wells at third place among 104 college and university partners.
After the partnership's launch at the College's annual Activism Symposium event in April—along with an awareness campaign led by Director of Campus Life for Diversity and Inclusion Latesha Fussell—students and members of the community registered through the registration site wells.turbovote.org. They then received text or email alerts with information on polling locations, election dates, deadlines and more.
"We know Wells students are socially engaged and eager to participate, and it's very validating to see that demonstrated through their use of the Turbovote," said Dean of Students Jenn Michael. "We can spend all our time teaching them and encouraging them to get involved, but it's really on the students to make that decision. And this really shows that they're going for it."
Elections, both local and national, continue to be an important aspect of democratic engagement. Given Wells' mission—to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives—we are proud to see students taking advantage of this partnership and participating in the world around them.