Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation Launches RU Voting-National

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Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation Launches
RU Voting-National
A one-stop-shop for college students across the country to get registered, get informed, and cast their ballots this fall
New Brunswick, N.J. (September 15, 2020) — The Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, launched the RU Voting-National website, a one-stop-shop for college students across the country to get registered, get informed, and cast their ballots this fall.
“The RU Voting-National website is a one-stop-shop for timely voter registration and election information. Higher-education institutions can share the easy-to-use online resource with college students so that they can easily access state-specific voting information,” said Dr. Elizabeth C. Matto, Eagleton associate research professor and director of CYPP.
“Voting is going to be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and each state is adopting a different approach. With the youth vote poised to play a significant role in this year’s election, it’s important for students to understand how their registration status and changes to their state’s voting system will affect their ability to participate in the 2020 presidential election. The RU Voting-National website provides comprehensive voter registration and election information on all states and territories,” said Dr. Matto.
RU Voting was created as a civic engagement initiative on Rutgers University campuses to provide Rutgers students with timely and relatable election and voter registration information. In 2018, Rutgers student voting rates nearly quadrupled – in large part thanks to the RU Voting Initiative – earning the university the recognition of “Greatest Growth in Student Voter Turnout” in the Big Ten Voting Challenge.
Building on its success on Rutgers campuses, the RU Voting team launched the national platform to share the program’s tried-and-true methods of increasing student voting rates.
Sleek and easy to navigate, the RU Voting-National website includes:
  • State by state voter registration information
  • State by state Election Day facts
  • Guides on how to vote-by-mail
  • Guides on finding polling locations
  • Interactive chat feature
This project was made possible in part through the generosity of Leslie Scallet and Maury Lieberman.
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ABOUT THE CENTER FOR YOUTH POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
The Center for Youth Political Participation, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, advances the political learning of young people and equips them to be active citizens and leaders. For young people to assume their place in the political process, the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of political participation must be taught. Through education, research, and public service, the Center for Youth Political Participation plays a lead role locally and nationally in fostering and promoting the active citizenship and leadership of future generations.
ABOUT THE EAGLETON INSTITUTE OF POLITICS
The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University—New Brunswick studies how American politics and government work and change, analyzes how the democracy might improve, and promotes political participation and civic engagement. The Institute explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice.
ABOUT RUTGERS—NEW BRUNSWICK
Rutgers University–New Brunswick is where Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, began more than 250 years ago. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, Rutgers’s flagship is a leading public research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It has an internationally acclaimed faculty, 12 degree-granting schools and the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse student body.
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