Democracy Initiatives

MiddVote

MiddVote is a nonpartisan student initiative at the Center for Community Engagement. Our goal is to mobilize students to be active participants in our democracy.

We seek to facilitate the voting process for students, from supporting registration to providing transportation to the polls on Election Day. In advance of midterm and presidential elections, we host registration drives across campus to meet students where it is most convenient.

In addition to our “Get Out the Vote” efforts, we host and sponsor events that provide spaces for students to have productive discussions about civic engagement. We also focus on fostering stronger connections between the student body and local politics here in Vermont.

Register to Vote or Sign Up for an Absentee Ballot

Student leaders with MiddVote are helping students register to vote and request absentee ballots. Attend one of MiddVote's voter registration events or contact MiddVote directly at middvote@middlebury.edu. For current and upcoming opportunities, be sure to follow MiddVote on Facebook

NESCAC Votes

Middlebury College, with Bowdoin College, co-founded NESCAC Votes, a voting challenge among NESCAC member schools. NESCAC schools will collaborate to collectively raise student voting rates in the 2020 US presidential election.

President Laurie Patton shares that NESCAC Votes provides, “an important signal to the nation that we value democratic engagement.” Civic Nation provides support and advising for NESCAC Votes, and collaborates closely with The Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement and the Bowdoin College McKeen Center for the Common Good to implement the challenge. A NESCAC Votes Summit for staff, faculty, and students from NESCAC schools is set for October 25-26, 2019 at Middlebury College’s Breadloaf Campus in Ripton, Vermont.

#VoteTogether

Middlebury College is a participant in Civic Nation's #VoteTogether initiative, a national campaign to increase voter participation by making voting fun and celebratory. MiddVote will continue to host #VoteTogether parties in Middlebury on future election days.

Middlebury’s 2016 NSLVE Results

Middlebury College participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Since NSLVE’s launch in 2013, more than 1,000 colleges and universities have signed up to receive their voting rates for federal elections (both midterm and presidential) from NSLVE, a signature initiative of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. You can check out Middlebury College's report here. Please note that this data includes the student body of every Middlebury institution (the College, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and the Language Schools).

ALL IN Challenge

The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. In 2017 Middlebury College received a bronze seal for achieving a student rate between 50% and 59%. 

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in getting involved in or have any questions about MiddVote, feel free to contact Center for Community Engagement Program Director, Ashley Laux at alaux@middlebury.edu.