Taking the time to educate yourself about candidates, social issues, and other ballot measures is a crucial step in becoming civically engaged. Use these resources to help you get started.
In the News: Ignite the Conversation
“As the start of the fall 2018 semester approached, we decided that the best day to roll out this new initiative would be the first day of classes. Although risky, we decided to add an element of surprise in the middle of our campus’ quad and watched the reactions unfold organically. Our risk was a success! The process of constructing the ball-pit was enough to stir attention. However, once assembled, the interest grew stronger and the conversations did not stop.” – NASPA LEAD Initiative
BallotReady aggregates content from candidates’ websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about the candidates and referendums on your ballot. They link everything back to its original source so voters can verify any piece of information, and they make every effort to confirm details with the candidates themselves, giving them the opportunity to share even more information.
Enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with their online voters’ guide and much more! With their voters’ guide you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and print out a “ballot” indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. Check out their resources for military and overseas voters too!
Ignite the Conversation
Using a ball-pit as the framework behind this civic-dialogue series, we explore controversial topics and issues in a fun way. Students have the opportunity to jump in and spark up a conversation with a peer on issues that interest them, their points of views on political matters, and their desires to provoke change where they find it necessary.
Student Leadership and Civic Engagement is a proud sponsor of UIC’s Constitution Day, hosted by the Department of Political Science in partnership with other UIC civic organizations. Every September, the Constitution Day program includes a lecture from a distinguished civic scholar, a series of engagement opportunities offered by departments around campus, and the chance to network with students and professionals interested in government, law, and society.
Ballot Party by BallotReady
Student Leadership and Civic Engagement understands the importance of access to reliable voter information. Each election, we host Ballot Parties – in partnership with ballotready.org – for students to explore the people and issues on their ballot in an inviting, collaborative space. In the past, we have hosted these events with the Honors College, Richard J. Daley Library, Campus Recreation, and the Latino Cultural Center in order to spread our reach. Students have the opportunity to create a mock ballot, which they can then take with them as a reference at the polling place. Don’t forget, it’s a party after all – so music and food is always provided!
Want to host your own? Contact us at email@example.com and we will get the party planning started!