The National Campaign student committee at Harvard is dedicated to making voting easy and accessible to all Harvard students. Each fall, National Campaign coordinates the H-VOTE competition between upperclassman houses and freshman dorms to not only register students to vote, but to encourage and facilitate voting on campus, either via absentee ballot or in person at the polls on Election Day.
National Campaign has worked to enlist 21st century tools and technologies to make voting easy and accessible for all students. The committee was one of the first college organizations to pilot the online voter registration software TurboVote on Harvard's campus, and created online voting guides in collaboration with the National Association of Secretaries of State for both the primary elections and absentee voting in the general elections. National Campaign hosts roundtable discussions on campus on issues affecting college-aged voters. Additionally, National Campaign is a member of a consortium of 24 schools around the country working to promote voting and civic engagement on their college campuses. Each fall, we host a conference at Harvard bringing representatives from these campuses to attend skills workshops, share the work they have done in the past year to promote civic engagement at their schools, and brainstorm ways to get students all over the country excited and politically and civically engaged.
This October, schools in the consortium are participating in a conference titled "Change Agents: Tools for Effective Advocacy."