March 29, 2023
Binghamton University was named a Voter Friendly Campus, alongside 258 other campuses in 38 states and the District of Columbia by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The initiative recognizes institutions that have planned and implemented practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2022 elections and in coming years.
The mission of the 2023 Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster colleges and universities’ efforts to help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process – every year, not just during years featuring federal elections. Binghamton University was evaluated based on a written plan for how we planned to register, educate, and turnout student voters in 2022, how we facilitated voter engagement efforts on our campus and a final analysis of our efforts.
Kyra Hickey, Civic Engagement Coordinator of the CCE, is excited to continue deepening the university’s partnerships. “The Voter Friendly Campus designation is a testament to the phenomenal work of our student team, as well as the campus and community collaborators who make our programming inclusive and sustainable. The CCE is committed to tailoring resources to reach even more pockets of campus and further empower democratic participation for all,” she said.
As part of our effort to be designated a Voter Friendly Campus, Binghamton University returned to a wide variety of in-person services, reconnected with previous partners and strengthened connections with new collaborators.
Binghamton University has made a strong statement about our civic mission to prepare students to be engaged participants in our democracy and is eager to continue engaging students through 2023, 2024 and beyond.