NASPAA Member Schools: Join the Challenge Here!


NASPAA Member Schools: Sign up to join the Voter Registration Challenge today!


Here is a Voter Registration Email Template that Schools can send to students to encourage them to REGISTER TO VOTE. 

NASPAA will confirm with schools their intention to participate and request a logo to include on our participating schools page at that time.



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Why a Voter Registration Challenge?

NASPAA is excited to announce that we are embarking on a Civic Engagement Initiative that will start with a Voter Registration Challenge!

As many of our members who are located within the United States know, there is an upcoming midterm election that has the potential for major impacts/ implications on governance in the United States. 2018 primaries will include candidate nominations for 34 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 U.S. Representative seats, plus governors, other statewide officials, and state legislative seats.

As a membership organization of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, we feel strongly about the idea of good public governance and our student’s and alumni’s participation in it.   One of the five universal competencies NASPAA believes all graduates should have upon obtaining an MPA/MPP degree is “to participate in and contribute to the policy process”.   What better way for our students to participate in the policy process than to vote and make their voices heard?

Voter Participation is low overall in the United States, particularly so during the Mid-term elections. As you can see in this infographic only 30.5% of all public administration students voted in the 2014 midterms, 36.3% when only accounting for graduate students (per NSLVE data). This is abysmally low and something we can and should strive to change.

Therefore, NASPAA is launching a Voter Registration Challenge asking our schools to challenge 90% of their eligible students to register to vote! We know this is ambitious, but we want to be ambitious. Our graduates are those who should be leading the charge in civic engagement and the best way they can do so is by leading by example. We hope each of our member schools located within the U.S. feels the same way.

For those NASPAA members in locations outside the US and those who may be in Auto-Registration states, there will be additional opportunities to participate in NASPAA’s Civic Engagement Initiative.

The next steps of the Civic Engagement Initiative will focus on providing opportunities for our students to engage with data and policies that are real world relevant, and to use the skills and knowledge they are obtaining, to make a positive impact on their communities and the public at large.

Keep on the lookout for further information shortly!

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How the Challenge Works


  • School notifies NASPAA of intent to participate (completes form, provides logo, and number of student eligible to vote)
  • School joins NSLVE (National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement) (If school wishes to be considered for Voter Turnout Awards)
  • School uses NASPAA’s email template to notify students of their participation in the challenge and directing them to NASPAA’s Pledge and Resources.
  • Students go to NASPAA’s Voting Resources page to get information on how to register to vote.
  • Students go to the NASPAA Pledge Page, and Pledge their Intention to register/ vote
  • NASPAA will determine registration challenge winners by the pledges collected via this website.  Their will be separate awards for schools participating in NSLVE for voter turnout.
  • Pledge winners will be notified at NASPAA October 2018  Annual Conference.  At the NASPAA 2019 Annual Conference Additional winners will be announced using voter turnout data from NSLVE.
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Students Pledge Here!


Join the NASPAA Voter Registration Challenge and Pledge to Register to vote today!


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Voting Resources

Ready to Register to Vote but Don’t Know How? 


You can use the resources available below to help you register today!

Resources compiled by ALL IN CAMPUS

For Schools:

Election Imperatives :  Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy
Strengthening-American-Democracy – A Guide for Developing an Action Plan to Increase Civic Learning, Political Engagement, and Voting Rates Among College Students

Online Registration Tools:


Voter Registration Drive Tools

Nonpartisan Voter Education Tools


Registration Deadlines Compiled by Let America Vote

registration dates