OXY Votes

Resources for Voters

Oxy Votes is part of a larger civic learning and democratic engagement focus in which we aim to nurture social responsibility and provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a difference.

The student vote is crucial in determining the direction of not just the country, but our local communities. Accordingly, it is important to expand voter registration initiatives and intentionally focus on education and mobilization.

This information hub is updated regularly to provide resources to both California and out-of-state voters. The following includes submissions from faculty, staff, students, and community partners. They are compiled for the use of our stakholders, but does not indicate College agreement with statements made on any of the sites or endorsement of any candidate or position.

Voter Registration Mobilization

Can I Vote? How? Where?

Can I Vote? - This nonpartisan website was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote. It is a general resource for determining your voter eligibility and offers details on a state-by-state basis including information about absentee and early voting requirements.

Plan Your Vote | Vote Smart

Mark your calendars. Everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting, including the first day you can cast your ballot in the election. Use this MAP to answer the following questions:

  • Can I vote by mail without an excuse?
  • Can I register to vote and cast my ballot on the same day?
  • Can I vote in person before Election Day?
  • After I vote by mail, can I track my ballot?

Vote Smart, formerly called Project Vote Smart, is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States. It covers candidates and elected officials in six basic areas: background information, issue positions (via the Political Courage Test), voting records, campaign finances, interest group ratings, and speeches and public statements. They also offer the Vote Easy widget to help you sift through information to determine your "political soulmate" from among the candidates.

Competitions & Involvement Opportunities

Ballot Bowl

The Ballot Bowl was developed by the California Students Vote Project (CSVP), a project of the California Secretary of State in partnership with a coalition of nonprofit organizations in 2016. The CSVP aims to increase civic engagement and voter participation among California university and college students. This year, in order to honor the efforts of campuses who work to register their students to vote past the E-15 online voter registration deadline, the Ballot Bowl will extend to Election Day, and a new competition element of the most registrations at an on-campus polling place or vote center has been introduced.

To participate, email mrodriguez6@oxy.edu for Oxy's unique registration code.

In order to encourage the sharing of resources, ideas and knowledge, the Students Vote Project team has created a public Facebook group that is open to California university and college students, higher education employees in California, and those working on increasing civic engagement in California university and college students. We hope that this Facebook group not only serves as a way to share resources, but also allows for increased collaboration across higher education institutions in California. You can access the group by searching “California Students Vote Project” or by visiting: www.facebook.com/groups/castudentsvote/.

All In To Vote

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives for a more vibrant, equitable, and inclusive democracy — one in which all voices are heard. We envision a country in which the electorate mirrors our country’s makeup and college students are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections, and not just at the polls.

Feeling extra patriotic? There are so many ways to help the movement to increase voter turnout!

  • Engage Your Club with ALL IN! To get involved is easy—all we need is some information in our engagement form and our staff will follow up.
  • Become a Poll Worker! Power the Polls is a first-of-its-kind initiative to recruit the next generation of poll workers and volunteers to ensure a safe, fair election for all voters.
  • Share your plan with friends and family your plan to vote on social media.

More at allintovote.org/get-involved/

Voter Engagement Resources

Nonpartisan Voter Guides for Important Races

Guides.vote produces nonpartisan voters guides that show where candidates stand. They’re produced by veteran journalists with links to credible sources. Whether you vote by mail or head to the polls, their guides let you do it with confidence.

Fact Checking

PolitiFact | FactCheck

PolitiFact.com is a nonprofit project operated by the Poynter Institute. It began in 2007 as a project of the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times), with reporters and editors from the newspaper and its affiliated news media partners reporting on the accuracy of statements made by elected officials, candidates, their staffs, lobbyists, interest groups, and others involved in U.S. politics.

FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. 

ProCon.org

ProCon.org is an online resource for research on controversial issues. The content of ProCon.org is produced by five staff researchers, and its stated mission is "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format." For each of its U.S. presidential election sites since 2008, ProCon.org has attracted millions of readers with its coverage of the candidates and their positions on key issues. The New York Times (“Great Free Websites for Teaching Election 2012,” September 5, 2012) hailed the ProCon.org election site as: “The most comprehensive teaching tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.”

Voter Affinity Groups & Ballot Recommendations

Color Of Change PAC

Color Of Change PAC is a Political Action Committee focused on building We’re the political action committee focused on building Black political power, uplifting Black voices, and celebrating Black joy. More at facebook.com/colorofchangepac #VotingWhileBlack

Voto Latino

Voto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power. More at votolatino.org

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. More at lwvc.org

Also, you can find LWVC California ballot remmondations HERE.

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice

CLUE, educates, organizes, and mobilizes the faith community to accompany workers and their families in their struggle for good jobs, dignity, and justice.

Showing Up for Racial Justice

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. Click here for more information.

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all.

Founded in 1993, LAANE is a nationally recognized advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all. Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy, and strategic organizing of broad alliances, LAANE promotes a new economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment. For the past 25 years, LAANE has been at the forefront of Los Angeles’ progressive movement, transforming conditions in key industries and improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of working families in southern California. LAANE’s groundbreaking policy wins and new approach to economic development have been a model for similar efforts across the country.

California Resources & Ballot Propositions

California Ballotpedia

California ballot propositions - Ballotpediaballotpedia.org

National Resources

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration.

Voter Protection Hotlines

Post-Election Action Resources

Stand Up America is working to increase voter participation, protect the right to vote, and address systemic corruption. It was formed weeks after the 2016 election. Individuals can receive updates about upcoming protests, urgent legislative matters, and other initiatives to protect demonocracy. The organization focuses on digital campaigns. Individuals can sign up to engage in digital activism at standupamerica.com.
 
The Frontline Coalition is a Black led multiracial coalition created to defend democracy. It is an initiative of the Working Families Party and the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project. The coalition is working to protect the vote and to protect democracy pre- and post-election. The organization posts protests on their site with volunteer opportunities at thefrontline.org.
 
Protect the Vote is a coalition created to mobilize to respond if there it not a peaceful transition of power. It is supported by Indivisible and Stand Up America. Their website provides information about protests and community actions at protecttheresults.com.
 
Hold the Line has information about how people can engage in efforts to protect the vote and election results. Hold the Line was created by a group of community activists. Individuals can sign up to receive notifications about events in their area. There are also resources/toolkits available for individuals that are interested in starting their own event available at holdthelineguide.com.
 
Indivisible is a movement of thousands of group leaders and more than a million members taking regular action to resist the Trump Administration and the GOP. Individuals can receive training and toolkits to start their own group at indivisible.org.
 
Democracy for America is a member-drive political action committee. It’s mission is to build and empower a broad coalition of grassroots organizers to elect the New American Majority--- people of color and white progressives—to fight for inclusive populism at all levels of office in all 50 states.
 
The Alliance for Youth Action is an nationwide network of organizations dedicated to building political power of young people by building a movement led of young people. They focus on mobilizing young people to vote and empowering young leaders.

Seed the Vote is a project of Everyday People PAC, supported by Bay Resistance, Bay Rising Action, San Francisco Rising Action Fund, and other organizations and individuals throughout the Bay Area committed to building political power in our communities.

The Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. In doing so, the movement makes it possible for us, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives.

The Working Families Party is regular people coming together across our differences to make a better future for us all. We’re a multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful. We want an America which realizes the promise – unrealized in our history – of freedom and equality for all.

Sunrise is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Vist Sunrise Oxy at instagram.com/sunriseoxy

Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials advancing a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. We are elected leaders who build power with underrepresented communities, share bold ideas and policy among our network, and fight to reshape what is possible in our localities all across the country.

The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

Young Democratic Socialists of America is the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of recognized campus chapters and several hundred activists. We are students organizing in our universities, colleges, and high schools to fight for the immediate needs of workers and students while building our capacity to fight for more radical and structural changes. Contacgt the Oxy YDSA by emailing gmescherymcc@oxy.edu

Occidental Democrats aspire to promote student awareness of political and social issues, advance and articulate intelligent political and social dialogue on campus, participate in progressive political change on all levels, communicate the philosophies of the Democratic Party as interpreted by our Occidental Democrats campus community. 

California Calls is a growing alliance of 31 grassroots, community-based organizations spanning urban, rural and suburban counties across the state. We engage, educate and motivate new and infrequent voters among young people, from communities of color, and from poor and working class neighborhoods to make California’s electorate reflect our state’s diverse population.

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action is a grassroots, member-led, statewide community organization working with more than 15,000 members across California. ACCE is dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, to fight for the policies and programs we need to improve our communities and create a brighter future.

Power California believes we can make California stronger if we all have an equal say in the decisions that impact our lives. But right now, the voices that are most missing from our systems of governance are young people of color and their families. We are a statewide multi-racial civic engagement organization made up of on-the-ground community partners in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the state.

Support the New Voters Project | CALPIRG at Oxy

CALPIRG Students is a student organization here that works to protect the environment, fight hunger and homelessness, and promote civic engagement. And @oxy.calpirg is our own campus chapter.

This Fall our priority campaign is our New Voters Project.

New Voters Project works with college campuses, cities, and states to make it easier, safer, and more accessible for students to vote. They’re building support for statewide reforms including automatic voter registration and vote by mail. New Voters Project also works with campuses to be ready to run a virtual civic engagement program in the fall. Additionally, they're connecting with college campus administrators to make voting and civic engagement more institutionalized in residence halls, class registration, and other aspects of student life.

  • Want to join the national New Voters Project calls? RSVP here!
  • Want to learn more about transitioning your civic engagement program online? Check out the Digital Toolkit!

StudentVote.org was launched by the Student PIRGs in partnership with Rock the Vote. Since 2008, we’ve worked with more than one hundred campus and group partners. Below are our premier partners.

  • Voting Resources: Need to check your registration status? Want to learn about voter ID and other requirements? Find all the information you need to vote in your state here.
  • Get Involved: Interested in interning, volunteering, or getting other students to turn out to vote? Find out ways to get involved here.

Pledge to support our work to turn out the youth vote!

CALPIRG is our student run and funded non-profit that was started over 50 years ago to make social change and train the next generations of activists! We are currently focused on our campaign to help turn out the youth vote! 

Our democracy works best when we all participate and everyone weighs in on who gets elected. We believe that the full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. Together young people have the power to elect the next generation of leaders who will fight for our shared vision of the future, but only if we vote. Through class presentations, educational events, and online outreach we work to make sure every student has the opportunity to have their voice heard in our elections. Together we can have an impact on our future, on our state, and the country. Your pledge gives us the resources, political power, and the grassroots organizing power to make a difference.

Your pledge gives us the resources, political power, and the grassroots pressure to win on this issue.
Your membership also supports our other campaign work from tackling climate change, making textbooks affordable by switching to Open Source books, and more!

As busy college students, pledging to support our student-directed nonprofit is an amazing way to help with these issues. Thanks to our pledging members in the past few years we have:

  • Passed Prop 67 to ban single-use plastic bags in CA
  • Helped over 50,000 students register to vote
  • Defended 2.6 billion dollars in Pell Grant funding for student financial aid
  • Committed the UC System to 100% clean renewable electricity
  • And helped campuses across the state make commitments to banning single-use plastic!

Pledge and you'll join thousands of other students this year in becoming a new member of CALPIRG Students, helping build a campus and state-wide movement for our student voice to be heard.

California Campus Compact Fellowship

SLICE is supporting the California Campus Compact Fellowship program in which a $500 grant is provided to an Occidental student working to advance civic engagement and voting initiatives. This fall, the Occidental Campus Compact Fellow will be supporting student voter registration, education, and mobilization. Additionally, they will promote the opportunity for Oxy students to serve as poll workers at the 11-day Vote Center located on the Occidental College campus.

10 Tools to Bridge Divides Around the Election

The democratic process is underway across the country, and standing up for a free and fair election has never been more important.  Even as we get out the vote and support a fair election process, we must also ask ourselves:  who do we want to be the day after the election?  How will we build a more united country in this divided time?

Click here for some of IFYC’s favorite resources from our partner organizations supporting precisely this work. These tools can be useful in a variety of contexts – individually, in a religious community, in a classroom, or in a workplace. You could use some of these resources to support a generative group discussion or a kick-off one-on-one conversation, or just focus on personal skill-building.

Oxy Affinity Diversity of Thought Series - Oxy's Vote Matters

We are excited to launch this new discussion group in the Oxy community, organized by the 3 affinity alumni groups. Please participate and help spread the word, and RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

Introducing Diversity of Thought, a series of collaborative study and discussions.

The premise is simple: to learn, discuss and co-create across race and ethnicity, and generations, around today’s most pressing issues. We want to hear your perspective as we engage civically, build wisdom and bridges, and mobilize action as an Oxy community.

Sincerely,

Occidental College Latinx Alumni Association (OCLAA)
Oxy Black Alumni Organization (BAO)
Oxy Asian Pacific Islander Alumni (OXY API)

Reimagine LA: Abolition on the Ballot with JusticeLA

The JusticeLA Coalition was born in the Fall of 2017 from the community based advocacy of countless families separated by the largest jail system in the world. In partnership with grassroots organizations, advocates, directly impacted communities, and stakeholders, they work to reduce the footprint of incarceration by stopping jail expansion and reclaiming, reimagining and reinvesting dollars away from incarceration and into community-based systems of care. REGISTER HERE


SLICE is developing a Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement track that inspires students to be engaged and active community members. By centering the value of dialogue across difference, we aim to nurture social responsibility and provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to effect positive change. For more information, email mrodriguez6@oxy.edu