The Case Western Reserve University Department of Physical Education and Athletics and the CWRU Association of Student Athletes (CASA) will be working with the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) to help increase voter registration and voting among the student-athletes and other constituents, leading up to the 2020 general election on November 3.
"This is an opportunity for our student athletes to exercise their right to vote and to have their voices be heard on issues of national importance on Election Day," said CWRU Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education Amy Backus. "Many will be voting for the very first time and we hope that these resources will offer a clear path throughout the voting process."
The non-partisan effort by CWRU Physical Education and Athletics will be focused on three main areas:
- Provide student-athletes and other constituents the resources to register to vote
- Help registered voters to make an informed decision and provide instructions on the method of voting that best fits their circumstances (in-person, early, absentee, mail-in, etc.)
- Encourage voting leading up to and on Election Day
"With everything that's gone on this year, ranging from social justice to COVID-19, I think people everywhere are starting to realize how powerful their voice can be," said CASA President and junior goalkeeper on the women's soccer team Jenna Ruccolo. "CASA is super excited to help take on this initiative and empower student-athlete voters."
CWRU will be utilizing the tools at TurboVote to help provide necessary resources to vote on Election Day. Student-athletes and other interested parties are encouraged to go to athletics.case.edu/vote, which provides a direct link to TurboVote's tools. CWRU has an ongoing partnership with TurboVote, a non-partisan online platform that keeps track of voter registration, absentee, and vote-by-mail rules for all 50 states and directs users to receive everything they need to get ready for their upcoming elections—how to register or update your address, where to vote, and local election reminders.
CCEL provides general resources for voting at https://case.edu/studentlife/civicengagement/resources/elections-and-voter-resources. Included in their list of resources is an FAQ page that covers topics such as how to preview what is on your ballot and how to become a poll worker, should someone want to participate in that manner on Election Day. In addition, no organized athletic practices will take place on Election Day, allowing for civic engagement.
In addition to utilizing TurboVote and the resources provided by CCEL, CWRU Athletics will also aim to generate enthusiasm for voting among student athletes via social media and live events leading up to Election Day.
Stay tuned to athletics.case.edu for more information on CWRU Athletics' voting efforts throughout the fall.