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MSMU Votes

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles is fully committed to engaging all members of our community in the democratic process. By providing resources, education, and programming we hope to encourage students to assume and embrace their full role as active citizens and ultimately to become “graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments, and the world” (MSMU Mission Statement).

MSMU Votes is an initiative of the Division of Student Affairs coordinated by Women’s Leadership and Student Involvement and in collaboration with various departments and offices.

 

LA County Election Information 

Local elections are just as important as national elections! Los Angeles County Elections will be happening on November 6th, 2018. The links below have information on the candidates and measures that will be voted on in the upcoming election. Be sure to learn more about the measures and candidates that will affect your community.

Helpful Links

National Voter Registration      

Mount Saint Mary's University partners with National Voter Registration Day. This online voter registration form is safe, secure, easy to use, and for registrants from all states.

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CA Registrar of Voters

Elections and voter information from the California Secretary of State

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Online Registration  

You can apply to register to vote right now by filling in the online application using the Online Registration Link

Voter Guide  

The Voter Guide can help you make informed decisions. It includes impartial analysis, arguments in favor and against the many ballot measures, declarations of the candidates, the Voter Bill of Rights, and other important information.

Easy Voter Guide

Produced for statewide elections in California since 1994, the Easy Voter Guide is a collaboration of the League of Women Voters® of California Education Fund and the California State Library.

Vote 411 (League of Women Voters)

VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process.

SmartVoter

A personalized ballot by address including polling place location, candidate profiles, and ballot measures, and campaign finance and election information.

Project Vote Smart

Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

TurboVote (for individual sign-ups)

TurboVote can help you receive election reminders, get registered to vote, & apply for your absentee ballot.

iCitizen

Check out trending issues, polls and news in your community

UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of LA Raza) Power of 18

Nonpartisan voice for Latinos that partners with Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing. The Power of 18 voter engagement campaign builds on our history as the largest Latino-led voter registration organization in the country to energize and mobilize the Latino community to register and vote in November.

State-Specific Student Guides (Campus Vote Project)

Campus Vote Project has developed state-specific guides to help students understand how to register and cast a ballot in their school or home community.

Why Student Voters Matter (Campus Vote Project)

Young people make up a large portion of eligible voters and can enact change in their communities but many don’t register or cast a ballot.

Student Voting Myths & More (Campus Vote Project)

Will voting in my college community affect my federal financial aid? Does being an in-state or out-of-state student for tuition purposes affect my right to vote? Get answers to some common questions from students.

Campus Election Engagement Project

A national nonpartisan project that helps America's colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students  to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls.

Text "Vote" to 74534  (After texting "VOTE" to 74534, you will receive customized texts that will walk you through the registration and voting process and how to create a voting plan.)

2018 Election News Resources

2018 Election Updates – Los Angeles Times

2018 Election Calendar and Results – New York Times

Campaign 2018 – Washington Post

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)

The AACU's Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Webpage offers ingrelated resources and professional development.

A Crucible Moment

Report authored by the AACU's Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Task Force with Caryn McTighe Musil as lead author, includes a national call to action designed to make civic and democratic learning an expected outcome for every college student, and an integrated part of education from pre-school to professional schools.

Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting

Aggregating data from 1,023 higher education institutions and 9,784,931 student records, the 2016 NSLVE report shows that students voted at a higher rate in 2016 than 2012 by about three percentage points, rising from 45.1% to 48.3%. This report includes turnout data by demographic criteria, field of study, class year, age group, and more.

Democracy Learning Channel

Campus Compact and panOpen, a learning platform that supports institutional use of Open Educational Resources (OER), have launched the Democracy Learning Channel (DLC), an area within the panOpen platform dedicated to providing college instructors with openly accessible tools and guidance to advance student learning about democracy. Materials provided through DLC will be organized around particular themes, ultimately creating a cross-disciplinary range of curated OER courses and individual modules focused on student civic learning. Courses and modules will include materials such as original and interpretive documents, prompts for projects and writing assignments, and guides for experiential learning activities. All materials will be available under Creative Commons licenses and will be free to use, share, and adapt for the classroom.

Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Imrpove Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

Drawing from the Institute for Democracy in Higher Education's research on college student voting and the campus climates of highly politically engaged institutions, this report offers ten recommendations to increase student voting and to improve campus conditions for political learning, discourse, and agency during the election season and beyond.

Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines evaluates the goals, challenges, and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum, highlighting best practices across disciplines and campuses. Published by the American Political Science Association, a free version of this book is available online.

 

Staying Involved After the Election

There are plenty of ways to remain politically active throughout the year. Below are ways that students can remain active in their community so that they can continue to enact social change

1. Contact your state and local representatives to make them aware of issues in your community. Use the links below to find who your representatives are, and how you can contact them.

USA House of Representatives 

USA Elected Officials List  

2. Learn more about proposed laws in California. Below is a link to all of the formally proposed bills in the state of California. Bills can be searched by keyword, so you can find proposed laws that affect the causes you are involved in. 

CA Legislature Info 

3. Participate in your local elections. Immediate change happens at the local level, so it is important to stay involved in local elections. Learn about local laws and about candidates who are running for local offices before you vote. The Los Angeles City Clerk Office provides resources to learn about candidates and neighborhood council elections.  

Los Angeles City Clerk Site 

4. City council meeting agendas are a great way to know what your local council members are discussing. To subscribe to city council agendas, use the link below.

City Council Agenda Subscription Site 

5. Get involved in local organizations and charities. Think about the causes that matter to you and get involved in organizations that support those causes. 

DoGoodLA Organizations List (DoGoodLA has a list of local organizations that focus on women, children, poverty, and more.)

Post-Inauguration involvement guide provided by Community Engagement (In this guide, you will find a number of organizations that are working in areas that came up during the election season.) 

Democracy Matters (Democracy matters mentors the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthening democracy, this site offers students internships and  tools to organize actions and projects on pro-democracy reform issues of civil rights, education, health care, environment and more.) 

"All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work -- the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there's an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime." -Barack Obama