help college students maximize the impact of their vote - new site: CountMore.org
by jeko, Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 04:09:26 PM EDT
bumped from the diaries -- jonathan
Students can choose to vote in their school state or their home state.
The numbers are big enough to matter. A lot.
For example, more than 62,000 students from Ohio are attending school in other states. Iowa has 50,000 students from out-of-state
www.CountMore.org is a new site that makes it easy to compare any two states and see how critical the presidential race is in each.
After comparing states they can get registered and sign up to vote absentee.
Many students don't realize that they have a choice, and many others aren't registered at all. Registration deadlines are coming fast (many are on Oct 6th).
This is a high leverage and very easy way to get more votes where they count most. Please help more students become aware of their options by sending countmore to all your college age friends.
The site is clear that it is only measuring importance with regard to the presidential election. Down ballot candidates and ballot initiatives are an important consideration too. We just make it easy to understand how much votes will count in the presidential race.
We hope to get students talking about swing states and the electoral college, and to get them fired up about not being disenfranchised, and to make sure that their friends are all registered and current, wherever they're voting.
If you're in college or have connections to a school, you can also help by reaching out to
- college newspapers
- college dems
- environmental groups, labor groups, and women's groups.
The site is non-partisan, developed by civic software company frontseat.org (Matt Lerner, Mike Mathieu, and myself).