Registration, Education, and Turnout

As a way to promote civic engagement among college students at all 23 CSU Campuses, CSSA has created this interactive Voter Engagement Toolkit.

How it works: Each tab can be seen as a step to creating an effective voter engagement campaign on your campus. Go through each step and set a plan for action.

Register Voters

Registering students on your campus is easy simply choose one of the many Voter Registration Platform which allow you to register voters on the spot. Below are a few frequently used voter registration platforms.


Community Partners

Form partnerships with community based organizations who are committed to promoting civic engagement. Below are just a few of the many organizations who are dedicated to engaging new voters.


Campus Partners

Reach out to organizations on your campus that are also committed to civic engagement. By working with your campus community you will maximize all efforts and ensure outreach to a larger population of students.

Campus Partners List

Engaging Voters

Find new and creative ways to register new voters, educate all voters, and get out the vote on Election Day. Don’t forget to keep track of all your efforts and post them on social media using the hashtag


Create a Campaign

Table Regularly

Attend Major Events

Classroom Raps

Neighborhood Canvassing

Get A Commitment

Residence Hall Blitzes

Increase Voter Awareness

Stay Informed

There are many great resources out there that can help in your efforts to register, educate, and turnout student voters. Browse through the information below to stay up to date and informed.

General Information

A US citizen

A resident of California

At least 18 years of age (by the date of the next election)

Not in prison or on parole for conviction of felony

Not have been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote


You move

You change your last name

You change your political affiliation
Polling place location can be found on the following links:

Secretary of State
Vote 411
Rock the Vote
California allows any voter to vote absentee through its “vote by mail” program. You may apply in person, online (in some counties), or by mail.
To register to vote in California you will have to provide your California drivers’ license number or identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not include this information you will be required to provide identification when you vote.

A first-time voter who registers and did not provide identification with their application, may need to show identification at the polls. To be safe, bring your driver’s license or another photo ID.

Students have the right to establish voting residency in the place they consider their principal home, whether that be their current school address or at a previous address (such as parents’ address) they still consider to be “home.”
Laws and Rules for Registering Voters

It is crucial to record how many students you are registering to vote and how they were engaged. These records should be kept in a very safe place. The results from the 23 campus efforts will be compiled and utilize for public disclosure, as well as for evidence when seeking future voter registration funding and support.

If a person accepts a completed card from a voter, that card must be returned in person, to the county elections official or Secretary of State, or deposited in the mail within three days of receiving it (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays) or before the close of registration, whichever is earlier. (Elections Code § 2138.) Failure to submit completed VRCs within this time frame is a misdemeanor. (Elections Code § 18103.)

Any person, group or organization requesting more than 50 voter registration cards from a county elections official or the Secretary of State’s office must complete a distribution form and state the distribution plan on the form. The distribution plan should describe how the drive will be organized, what groups will be targeted, what methods will be used to distribute cards, and an acknowledgement that organizers know and will follow the laws and rules relating to voter registration. (California Code of Regulations, title 2, § 20001(g).). A “Voter Registration Card Statement of Distribution” form is available on the Secretary of State’s website.

It is critical that everyone working or volunteering for you understands the procedures and laws relating to voter registration. Please have your workers or volunteers review the Secretary of State’s website.

Useful Links

Civic Youth


California Voter Foundation




Voters Edge


Vote 411


Smart Voter


Vote Smart


Ve y vota


See Political


Rock the Vote


Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

President John Quincy Adams

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.

William E. Simon

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.