In the run-up to the 2016 general election, Tufts University launched JumboVote as a multifaceted, university-wide initiative to boost political learning, engagement, and voting in that year’s presidential election—and beyond. Spearheaded by Tisch College with support from the Office of the Provost, there are JumboVote representatives in every Tufts school and major administrative department, as well as among the student body. The initiative worked to facilitate voter registration, tackle barriers for Tufts students to vote in local communities, increase voter education, and support events and programs that foster political engagement.
Our 2016 accomplishments included:
- 1,366 people registered to vote: 1,055 through TurboVote and 311 through paper forms delivered to city halls
- 65+ student volunteers and 27 days of tabling to register voters
- No students were turned away at polling locations, due in large part due to student-led efforts driving vans, monitoring polling locations, and greeting fellow students, as well as strong support from the Office of General Counsel and Office of Community Relations.
JumboVote's work to infuse political learning and engagement throughout Tufts University continues, and we are ramping up the initiative again through voter registration drives and other initiatives for the 2018 midterm elections.
2018 Election: Get Involved!
We are committed to not just replicating, but surpassing JumboVote's past successes in 2018, with the goal of reversing historical trends of low student turnout in midterm elections. JumbvoVote will hold a variety of events open to all members of the Tufts community during Orientation Week, host late-night events in the Campus Center, and many activities before and after National Voter Registration Day (September 25th, 2018).
We are recruiting volunteers! JumboVote students help stage voter registration drives in the dining halls and visible areas of campus, organize events related to voter issues, drive students to the polls on election day, and even monitor the polls to protect student voting. Join our quickly growing team of over 20 student leaders! Email the JumboVote coordinator, Peter de Guzman, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.