Two Democracy Initiatives participants encourage Middlebury students to register to vote.

Our goal is to mobilize students to be active participants in our democracy.

We 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

Democracy Initiatives student leaders 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, cofounded NESCAC Votes, a voting challenge among NESCAC member schools. NESCAC schools will collaborate to collectively raise student voting rates in the 2020 U.S. 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. 

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 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 2016 report and 2018 report. Please note that this data includes the student body of all Middlebury schools and programs.

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 2018 Middlebury College received a platinum seal for achieving a student rate of 50%+.

Get Involved!

If you are interested in getting involved in or have any questions about MiddVote, feel free to contact Center for Community Engagement Assistant Director Jason Duquette-Hoffman, jduquettehoffman@middlebury.edu

Center for Community Engagement
20 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

communityengagement@middlebury.edu
(802) 443-3580