September 10, 2012
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College and TurboVote are partnering this fall to help first-time and out-of-state voting age students register to vote and receive absentee ballots before the general election in November.
TurboVote provides a complete service for registering to vote and absentee balloting, even offering text message reminders about due dates and as they say making registering to vote "as easy as renting a Netflix movie."
This service is available online to all Saint Anselm College students throughout September, with student-assisted sign up sessions during Citizenship Week Sept. 10-14. New Hampshire residents or those students wishing to vote in-state will register locally, with the town clerk because of specific regulations in the state.
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library executive director Neil Levesque said "the Institute is committed to broadening civic engagement among students at Saint Anselm College and TurboVote will encourage unlikely voters to enter the political process by simplifying the steps involved, ultimately creating civically engaged citizens as well as life-long voters. We expect many students will take advantage of this service and many first-time voters will participate in this November's general election."
TurboVote is a project of Democracy Works, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is passionate about building the democracy of the future.
TurboVote not only provides a simplified voter registration and absentee ballot requests, students can check if they are already registered, and receive text message due date reminders.
- Voters can then request that a pre-filled voter-registration form or vote-by-mail application be sent to them in the mail. The form gets to the voter with a stamped, addressed envelope, so it's easy to sign and drop in the mail, similar to Netflix's service.
- When local election authorities receive the vote-by-mail application, they send the voter a mail-in ballot.