About RAISE the Vote

The American Political Science Association’s (APSA) RAISE the Vote campaign, in accordance with APSA’s Statement on Civic Engagement and Voting, is a nonpartisan effort to provide political science faculty with the tools needed to effectively encourage student registration, voting, and democratic engagement. The campaign’s main goal is to increase college student registration, voting, and civic engagement through two key mechanisms:

    • Provide concrete steps and best practices that faculty can use in the classroom and on-campus to encourage student engagement;
    • Highlight the research, teaching, and service of political scientists related to civic engagement and voting, and encourage faculty to use these resources in their classrooms.

The resources highlighted by the RAISE the Vote campaign are featured on this site, in APSA member newsletters, on PoliticalScienceNow.com, APSA’s social media channels, and throughout other APSA programming. Each month of the campaign features a theme, which covers a broad range of procedural and substantive issue areas, pedagogical practices, and campus-level strategies. The views expressed in the posts and articles featured in the RAISE the Vote campaign are those of the authors and contributors alone and do not represent the views of APSA.

November 2019Best Practices in Encouraging Student Registration, Voting, and Democratic Engagement
December 2019Theoretical & Philosophical Foundations for Democratic Engagement
January-February 2020Upcoming Caucuses & Primaries
March 2020Voting Behavior & Political Participation
April 2020Candidate Recruitment & Campaign Finance
May 2020Polling, Forecasting, and Data
June 2020Candidates, Campaigns, and Political Communication
July 2020Convention & Party Politics
August 2020Voter Suppression, Voter Fraud, and Voter Engagement
September 2020Best Practices for Getting Students to the Polls
October 2020Key Local & State Races
November 2020Preparing Students for Election Outcomes
December 2020Tips for Continued Engagement

In addition, the RAISE the Vote campaign includes special events and grants focused on student voting and civic engagement. Interested parties are advised to check back often for updates.

Questions about the RAISE the Vote campaign can be directed to Dr. Tanya Schwarz, APSA’s Director of Teaching & Learning at tschwarz@apsanet.org.

About APSA: Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 11,000 members in more than 100 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.

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