The university has been notifying its students daily, via email, to inform them about the voter registration drives on campus.
TurboVote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, provided a co-branded site for FAU students, faculty and staff to register to vote, change their mailing address, or request an absentee ballot.
TurboVote will mail users completed forms ready for signature and include a pre-stamped envelope addressed to the user’s correct election authority. TurboVote will send text messages to your phone as a reminder for upcoming election deadlines.
According to Nori Carter, the director of the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service, data shows that only 21 percent of Florida’s millennial generation, citizens aged 18 to 29, voted in the 2010 midterm elections. However, 44 percent of them are registered to vote.
“The youth will soon become the largest single voting cohort in the nation at 45 million individuals compared to approximately 40 million baby boomers,” Carter said. “These statistics speak to the importance of providing opportunities for students to become engaged with voting and civic issues.”
Carter’s statistics come from the 2011 Florida Civic Health Index, available here.
TurboVote is currently at 57 colleges and universities across the nation, and roughly 10 in Florida, according to TurboVote’s co-founder and Executive Director, Seth Flaxman.
“TurboVote is the easiest and best unbiased voting utility,” Flaxman said. “Our long term goal is to sell TurboVote to local governments that run elections that will make voting easier for everyone.”
Students can register to vote online now at fau.turbovote.org/register.