Agenda

Friday, March 2

Come early to enjoy a First Friday in Lancaster!

Saturday, March 3

9:30 a.m.
Welcome and introductions

10 a.m.
Keynote speaker
Courtney Cochran, Associate Director, Campus Elections Engagement Project

11 a.m.
Legal briefing on student voting rights (while you enjoy lunch!)
Sean Morales-Doyle, Counsel in the Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice

  • The nuts-and-bolts of voter suppression today (where, when, and how others will seek to block your students right to vote);
  • Your legal options and allies;
  • How to handle challenges and challengers on Election Day.

12:30 p.m.
Campaign outline by F&M Votes leaders

  • Building your student-faculty-staff coalition and getting your administration’s backing;
  • Negotiating with your local board of elections;
  • Dealing with outside groups that come on campus to register students;
  • Dealing with your local community that may not want students to vote;
  • How to register students in- and out-of-class;
  • How to make the issues real outside of presidential election years (as in midterms);
  • GOTV! (Get Out the Vote and How to do it on-campus);
  • E-Day: Staffing your headquarters, guarding the polls, dealing with crises.

2 p.m.
Breakout planning sessions
Each campus team will work through the above questions and make a plan for how to organize their own Votes campaign, by forming their coalition in the spring, securing administration support, and reaching out to the local board of elections while assessing any likely challenges. Back home, that coalition will plan the fall registration drive, voter education program, and election day turn-out operation.

3:45 p.m.
Coffee break

4 p.m.
Report backs/assessment/setting follow-ups and accountability structures

6 p.m.
Free time

7:30 p.m.
Party at Tellus360