The Student Government Association of Virginia Tech recently partnered with TurboVote, a New York-based nonprofit company dealing with online voting registry that aims to take the burden off students when it comes to remembering and registering for upcoming elections.
The website, which can be accessed via https://vt.turbovote.org/register, allows students to quickly and easily confirm their current voting status and receive emails or text messages regarding all things related to elections, including absentee mail-in ballots and notifications about upcoming elections.
“We do not want voting to be a challenging process for our students, and believe a resource like TurboVote helps eliminate some of the obstacles that may discourage voting,” said Anjelica Smith, vice president of the Student Government Association. “Voting is important, and our college education should prepare us to be active and healthy citizens.”
According to TurboVote’s Twitter page, its main goal is to make “voting by mail as easy as renting a DVD from Netflix.” They achieve this by doing all of the legwork and allowing the student to simply worry about where the closest mailbox is.
Although the company formed in 2010, it has partnered with over 58 colleges and 29 non-profit groups before the 2012 presidential election. According to TurboVote’s website, over 180,000 people used the service, and they sent out over 87,000 voter forms.
Smith mentioned that Tech is one of a handful of Virginia institutions that have partnered with TurboVote this year, including the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Longwood.
“We have been collaborating with a number of student groups and university offices to spread the word about this resource,” Smith said. “Thankfully, TurboVote does more than just register folks to vote. With the option to receive text and email reminders about elections, it is a great tool to not only encourage registration, but participation too.”
With the Virginia gubernatorial election fast approaching on Nov. 5, SGA hopes TurboVote can help students balance their workloads along with having their voice heard.