Tufts University has launched JumboVote 2016 as a multifaceted, university-wide initiative to boost political learning, engagement, and voting in this year’s presidential election—and beyond. Spearheaded by Tisch College with support from the Office of the Provost, there are JumboVote 2016 representatives in every Tufts school and major administrative department, as well as among the student body. The initiative is working to facilitate voter registration, tackle barriers for Tufts students to vote in local communities, increase voter education, and support events and programs that foster political engagement.
JumboVote 2016 is largely student-driven, encompassing all campuses and schools. Current organizations involved include Tufts Democrats, Tufts Republicans, Cooperation and Innovation in Citizenship (CIVIC), PostScript Magazine, Tufts Votes, the Tufts chapter of the ACLU, Tufts Generation Citizen, Tufts Students for NARAL, Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), and Tufts VOX.
Student groups can apply for financial support to host events and discussions on issues important to them. Engaging students on issues – and supporting conversations on controversial issues – is one way to encourage students to vote.
Tufts has released the data that will serve as a benchmark for measuring our goal of increasing student political engagement: the voting and registration rates for all enrolled students in the 2012 and 2014 elections. The data comes from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), an initiative of Tisch College’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education.
See the data and learn more here.
JumboVote 2016’s signature feature is a new partnership between Tufts University and TurboVote, a product of Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. TurboVote allows members of the Tufts community to register to vote and sign up for text alerts with voting reminders. This online platform is available to all students, faculty, and staff, and it allows students to register in Massachusetts or, if they prefer, in their home state.
Student groups interested in organizing initiatives centered on voter registration, political education, and electoral engagement can apply for JumboVote funding toward their event or activities. All kinds of student groups, whether political, cultural, activist, or athletic, are welcome to apply. Groups are encouraged to apply before the early deadline is September 16.
Did you know there are nine voting precincts in and around Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus? Our JumboVote 2016 Map helps members of the Tufts community find their precinct. Pins are dorms and Tufts-owned houses; stars and diamonds are polling locations, color-coded by area.