DETROIT, August 15, 2012 – Marygrove College is among four Southeast Michigan colleges and universities to partner with TurboVote, a national service which aims to make voting as convenient as renting a Netflix DVD.
Marygrove joins the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University in offering the online voting service to students.
TurboVote simplifies the process so that voters can focus on the candidates and important ballot questions. Here’s how it works.
2. Voters can then request that a pre-filled voter-registration form or vote-by-mail application be sent to them in the mail. The form is delivered with a stamped, pre-addressed envelope, so it’s easy to sign and drop in the mail.
3. When local election authorities receive the vote-by-mail application, they send the voter a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election.
TurboVote works for every election – special, primary or general, from school board to federal. And for every election, TurboVote sends text message and email reminders to users who have signed up for the service to ensure that they never miss another deadline. TurboVote also offers reminders to users who have signed up for the service and choose to vote in person at their polling places.
“Social change comes from civic engagement, which starts with voting,” says Marygrove College President David Fike. "Marygrove produces leaders seeking to effect social change. For this reason, Marygrove is pleased to partner with TurboVote to enhance our students' civic engagement in the electoral process."
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is funding the development of TurboVote’s platform. The service – which has already partnered with 26 colleges across the country– will now be easily accessible in Southeast Michigan to over 60,000 students.
“It’s good to see students develop the habit of voting, because you need an informed and engaged public to have a healthy democracy,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation. “We are particularly interested in what TurboVote will do in the four years between the presidential elections, where much of democracy happens on the local level. By reminding people to vote, services such as TurboVote can help citizens engage more routinely in public life.”
TurboVote is a service provided by Democracy Works Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization devoted to improving civic engagement through the use of technology.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.
About Marygrove College
Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to developing leaders for the new global society. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.
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