Right to Vote at College Campuses Act

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Based on analysis and model legislation from the Fair Elections Center

Mandate on-campus polling locations: A state’s election code should require Election Day voting sites to be established at public institutions of higher education, at least at those with larger student resident populations.  Where the state offers early or absentee-in-person voting, election jurisdictions should be required to establish early voting locations at colleges or universities as well.

OPTION #1: Cover all college campuses, or all public institutions

Each election jurisdiction shall designate and establish voting sites on the campus of each public [and private] institution of higher education in the jurisdiction.

Each election jurisdiction shall designate and establish early voting sites on the campus of each public [and private] institution of higher education in the jurisdiction.

OPTION #2: Mandate only larger institutions

Each election jurisdiction shall designate and establish voting sites on the campus of each public institution of higher education in the jurisdiction with student resident population exceeding [XX];

Each election jurisdiction shall designate and establish early voting sites on the campus of each public institution of higher education in the jurisdiction with enrollment exceeding [XX];

Each private institution of higher education in the jurisdiction with student resident population exceeding [XX] may establish voting sites on their campus;

Each private institution of higher education in the jurisdiction with student resident population exceeding [XX] may establish early voting sites on their campus.

OPTION #3: Name campuses (this is what’s done in Illinois law)

(a) Each appropriate election authority shall, in addition to the early voting conducted at locations otherwise required by law, conduct early voting, grace period registration, and grace period voting at the student union on the campus of a public university within the election authority’s jurisdiction. . . . Each public university shall make the space available at the student union for, and cooperate and coordinate with the appropriate election authority in, the implementation of this subsection (a).

(b) For the purposes of this Section, “public university” means the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Chicago State University, Governors State University, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and Northeastern Illinois University

10 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/1-12; The election authority of that jurisdiction will try and populate these polling locations with ballot forms from all jurisdictions, and will make this decision based on capacity. 10 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/1-12(a); 10 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/1-12(b).

Mandating Voting Sites at Institutions of Higher Education Voting

Each election jurisdiction shall designate and establish voting sites on the campus of each public institution of higher education in the jurisdiction;

[2] Another potential solution to providing access to students if providing voting sites at all public institutions of higher education is not feasible is requiring a set number of registered voters in the precinct first and consent of the institution to establish the voting site. Cf. Nev. Revised Stat. § 293.2735 (requiring polling place to be established at residential development exclusively for elderly persons based on residence population threshold and consent of the development).

 

 

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