You may know that TU’s South Campus Pavilion will serve as a polling location for both early voting and Election Day during the 2020 general election. But did you also know that a group of TU faculty, staff, and students have been working diligently for months to get our own TU community to make sure their votes count, whether by mail or in person?
TU Votes, the official voter registration and engagement initiative at Towson University, led by the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility in partnership with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, seeks to foster a culture of engaged voters among our students, faculty, and staff. It focuses on bridging gaps between voter registration and turnout, creating meaningful opportunities for voter education and empowerment, mobilizing to address voter challenges and barriers, and going beyond voting to foster civic learning and democratic engagement within the campus community.
Learn more about TU Votes and get involved, from taking steps to make sure you’re registered and have a voting plan, to joining the team to help get others registered and informed.
According to the TU Votes Action Plan, 87.1 percent of TU students were registered to vote prior to the 2016 presidential election, compared to 80.9 percent in 2012. Of those registered, 60.7 percent of students voted in the 2016 presidential election, compared to 55.8 percent in 2012. While there has been growth, TU Votes seeks to reach a voter registration rate of at least 90 percent and a turnout rate of at least 80 percent of eligible TU students during the 2020 presidential election.
Supporting TU Votes
Over the past several months, TU Votes has been providing key information, social media outreach, communication guides, and tool kits throughout campus about voter registration, mail-in ballots, opportunities to engage as election judges or poll workers, and overall ways to stay informed and be an educated voter. This work isn’t done alone, and is supported by the TU Votes Coalition, a group of TU offices and units and partner organizations that work collaboratively to enhance these efforts:
Towson University offices & units
- Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility
- Center for Student Diversity
- Counseling Center
- Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Government & Community Relations
- Honors College
- Housing and Residence Life
- Inclusion and Institutional Equity
- International Students & Scholars
- Military and Veterans Center
- New Student & Family Programs
- Partnerships & Outreach
- Political Science
- Student Activities
- Student Affairs
- Student Government Association
- Student Success Programs
- Towson University in Northeastern Maryland
- Andrew Goodman Ambassadors
- Director of Civic Engagement, Student Government Association
- Andrew Goodman Foundation
- Baltimore Collegetown Network
- Baltimore County Board of Elections
- Baltimore Votes
- Democracy Works
- Maryland State Board of Elections
- Students Learn Students Vote Coalition
- United States Census Bureau
Although National Voter Registration Day was Tuesday, September 22, the work doesn’t end there. The TU Votes Coalition will continue to host engagement opportunities and meetings until the November presidential election and following, to debrief on the outcomes of the election, review goals, and determine next steps around continued mobilization of civic learning and democratic engagement efforts.