With the second of the two U.S. major-party political conventions having concluded last night, it seems like a good time to mention a Tufts initiative for this year. Here’s information we’ve received about JumboVote.
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 student-driven 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. To learn more, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, check out our web site, and/or join our email list and share event ideas here. Funding will be available for student-run events, and we want to engage undergraduates and graduate students at all Tufts campuses. In addition, all members of the Tufts community may use tufts.turbovote.org to register to vote (in Massachusetts or your home state), request an absentee ballot, and/or sign up for text and email reminders.
JumboVote fits nicely into the Tufts philosophy of promoting active citizenship. Although it may appear geared to U.S. students, JumboVote also represents an excellent opportunity for international students to learn more about the U.S. political system through the lens of the November 2016 election.