Voting Rights & Voter Engagement
BLUEPRINT: Turning Voters Out at Wilberforce. The Wilberforce Fellows wanted to increase civic participation on their campus. Concerned about low youth participation in voting, they worked as YP4 Fellows in conjunction with Working Assets, a socially responsible business, to help sponsor a Party at the Polls event on Election Day. The Wilberforce Party at the Polls event was designed to encourage students on campus to vote in the 2006 mid-term elections. On Election Day, the Fellows hired a DJ, ordered food, and secured space on campus to throw a party for students who voted. Only people who proved they had voted were allowed into the party. The event was a huge success. During the afternoon on Election Day almost fifty Wilberforce students who had voted came to the party to dance, eat, and talk about election returns.