Rollins Earns Voter-Friendly Campus Designation

A pair of national nonpartisan organizations once again recognizes the College for its efforts to engage students in the electoral process.

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For the second year in a row, Rollins has been named a voter-friendly campus by a pair of national nonpartisan organizations. The College was one of 150 campuses to receive the designation.

The initiative, led by Campus Vote Project and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, holds participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote. Its mission is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. The designation is valid through December 2020.

Members of Rollins’ student-led Democracy Project create a comprehensive, strategic road map to engage students in the electoral process, from monthly voter-registration drives to hosting debates between local candidates to providing transportation to the polls.

“The voter-friendly campus designation is important to Rollins because it highlights how much the Rollins community values democratic engagement,” says Bailey Clark, associate director of Rollins’ Center for Leadership & Community Engagement. “The action plan that was submitted outlines how students, faculty, staff, and community organizations partner on a regular basis to provide Rollins students the opportunity to engage in local and national politics. Historically, Rollins students have high voter turnout compared to peer institutions, and we expect that trend to continue this election season.”

The Democracy Project also holds informational events like Politics on Tap, which engages students in discussion on hot-button political issues like education reform, and Politics on the Porch, where the focus is on local politics and how to get involved. The group also works with community partners like the Orange County League of Women Voters and the Orange County Supervisor of Elections to make Rollins more voter-friendly.