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AASCU Voter Registration Grant Project

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This year (fall 2006) PACE participated in a national research project sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and Young Voter Strategies (YVS) at George Washington University. The purpose of the research was to evaluate the effectiveness of classroom-based registration, which has been preferred by PACE, as well as other voter registration methods.

As part of the study’s field experiment methodology, 61 classrooms at SU were in the “treatment” group and another 61 classrooms were in the “control” group. E-mail appeals to register to vote was another “treatment.” 

Twelve students, under the supervision of Dr. Harry Basehart (Co-Director, PACE), Ms. Pauline Gehnrich, (Managing Director, PACE) and student coordinator Adam Meehan, visited the 61 “treatment” classrooms, making presentations on the importance of voting and assisting students in completing the required paperwork. While in those classrooms, 232 students filled out voter registration forms and 240 absentee ballot applications were completed.

“I'm confident that of those 231 students, not one of them would be registered if we had not gone into their classrooms,” said Leslie Pusey, a student in PACE’s voter registration class (one-hour credit).  “The best aspect of the drive was letting people know there is an important election going on this year and that they can vote here at school by either registering in Wicomico County or by absentee ballot,” she added. 

NOTE:  This page was written by PACE intern, Amy Anderson.

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