National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day

September 22, 2020

All of us are dedicated to building a civic culture here at Harvard by helping our peers register and vote. With only 41 days (!!!) until the November 3rd elections, we're doing this work day in and day out. So, what makes today, National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), so special? 

National Voter Registration Day first started in 2012, and has since grown to become the staple, non-partisan, nation-wide mobilization effort that we look forward to each year. It's a day of energy, excitement, and joy. Just look on social...

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Celebrating #HerVote

Celebrating #HerVote

September 17, 2020

On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we are encouraging people to engage with women in their lives by asking: Are you going to participate in the 2020 election? Why? How?

The #HerVote initiative, hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, invites you to participate in the #HerVote civic engagement project. 

#HerVote brings together students, adults, and elders around the issue of political participation. The initiative aims to provide a platform for women and girls to share...

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Powering the Polls

Powering the Polls

August 20, 2020

Election season is in full swing, but this year we’re facing new, unique challenges due to COVID-19. Among them is an anticipated severe shortage of poll workers on Election Day. A majority of those staffing the polls are in an age demographic that makes them more vulnerable to the threats of the pandemic, with many likely to opt to stay home for safety’s sake.  

While the above may sound alarming, there is still time to tackle this predicament. If you’ve thought about what you can do to help make democracy work better, becoming a poll worker...

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Computer featuring the Harvard Votes Challenge website

Let's talk digital

August 11, 2020

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about working in political communications. At the end of the day, it isn’t about crafting a hilarious tweet, responding with the perfect GIF, or taking the most beautiful photo. It’s about building a relationship with voters and giving them the information they need to get offline and cast a ballot — that’s it.

That’s why I’m excited to share a new digital series that we’ve been working on with you. We’re tapping into all the virtual organizing tools at our disposal — from social media and newsletters to text banks...

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We're hiring paid graduate student organizers!

We're hiring paid graduate student organizers!

August 10, 2020
The Ash Center seeks two Graduate Assistants to coordinate the growing civic engagement program work at the Harvard Kennedy School. The ideal applicant will have a passion for civic engagement and democracy.  As well as experience in organizing, communications and event planning.
How do we recruit volunteers?

How do we recruit volunteers?

July 22, 2020

Like many of you, I’ve long been passionate about civics and politics. During an internship in high school, I was thrown into helping run a voter registration drive and recruit volunteers. I built a passion and experience for voter engagement and brought it with me to college.

Since my first days with HVC in Fall 2018, recruitment has been the tool that makes our work possible. Having served as Harvard College’s HVC Director of Membership and Director of Organizing, I have learned so much. The work of Harvard Votes Challenge would not be possible without the massive...

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Student groups pledge 100 percent voter engagement

Student groups pledge 100 percent voter engagement

June 24, 2020
On June 24, more than 50 student organizations across Harvard University announced their pledge to register, engage, and turn out 100 percent of voter eligible members ahead of Election Day 2020.

The Pledge to 100% comes at a time when the University is taking further steps to build a civic culture and institutionalize full participation in elections, despite the current remote environment. Initial organizations to adopt the pledge include: Association for Black Harvard Women, the Harvard College Republicans and Democrats, the Fleur-de-Lis Club, Harvard Law School’s Equal Democracy...

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Absentee ballot envelope

Important U.S. Elections Information

March 31, 2020

The Harvard Votes Challenge team wishes everyone health and safety during this difficult time. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we keep our democracy strong.

COVID-19 Guidance

Given recent Harvard University policies requiring undergraduate students to vacate on-campus housing and switching to remote learning as a response to COVID-19, students and other Harvard community members who have moved may...

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Getting Counted: The Harvard Community, COVID-19, and the 2020 Census

Getting Counted: The Harvard Community, COVID-19, and the 2020 Census

March 25, 2020

2020 is an important year for our democracy in many ways. Though news and conversation are dominated by the presidential election, equally critical civic activities such as the decennial census are underway.

It’s important for all of us to be counted in the census, and be counted in the right place. The current situation is shedding light on the vital services we receive from our government, including hospital and emergency care. A complete count of the Harvard community is critical to secure the...

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