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Sixty-Seven Organizations Support the Help Students Vote Act

Historically, American young adults have voted at the lowest rates of any age group during national elections. College students in particular face unique barriers in both registering to vote and voting. Having long served as incubators of civic engagement, institutions of higher education can offer students a smooth entry into our democratic process by helping to reduce ambiguity and uncertainty around registering and voting.

Currently, Title IV of the Higher Education Act mandates that institutions of higher education make a “good-faith effort” to distribute voter registration forms to students, but that language lacks clarity and a mechanism to ensure colleges and universities comply.

The Help Students Vote Act would strengthen this provision by adding much needed guidance on how institutions of higher education can ensure their students have the resources they need to register to vote.

The undersigned organizations and campuses support the Help Students Vote Act:

ACPA-College Student Educators International

Alliance for Youth Action

American Political Science Association

Andrew Goodman Foundation


Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

Associated Students of Madison

Association of Big Ten Students (ABTS)

Association of Young Americans

Baltimore Rising

Black Girls Vote

Campus Compact

Campus Vote Project

Center for American Progress Action

Center for Civic Justice at Stony Brook University

Civic Nebraska


Cleveland Vote

Common Cause

ConnPIRG Students


Dick Simpson, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago and former Chicago Alderman


Fair Elections Center

Feminist Majority Foundation


Generation Citizen

Generation Progress

Georgia Shift


Iowa Campus Compact

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University

LeadMN – College Students Connecting for Change

Macalester Student Choices – Student Voices

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund

Mi Familia Vota Texas

Minnesota Student Association (MSA)


MOVE San Antonio

National Association of Social Workers

National Education Association

National Voter Corps

New Era Colorado

New Georgia Project

NJPIRG Students

Ohio Campus Compact

Ohio Student Association

One Wisconsin Institute

Oregon Student Association

Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions

People Demanding Action

PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)

Rock the Vote

Rollins College

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Spread The Vote

Student PIRGs

The Bus Project

The Century Foundation

The Democracy Commitment

Turn Up Turnout (University of Michigan)


Voto Latino


Young Invincibles

Young People For