2008 Election Engagement - Minnesota Campus Successes
Minnesota Compact turned the project over to a youth-engagement group called the Student Volunteer Foundation (SVP), who worked with the Community College Student Government Association. Through that association, they used the modest funding from CEEP to distribute posters and fliers to every community college campus in the state that asked “What Will Your Vote Say?” and gave information on same-day voting rights and rules. SVP also helped sponsor efforts like a Halloween event at a Minnesota’s Anoka-Ramsey Community College called “Are You Scared to Vote?” And they hosted a major election-day Party at the Polls at the 50,000-student University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus: printing posters and flyers to publicize the day; providing hot beverages and snacks to encourage students to withstand lengthy voting lines despite the bitter cold; bringing laptops to answer last-minute questions regarding local races, same-day registration rules, and which precinct to vote in. Together with their efforts at other Minnesota schools, they encouraged students to participate in a Senate race finally decided by a 312 vote margin, and where young voters ended up 22 percent of the electorate.