Vote 60 by 50 is a nonpartisan civic engagement project of the Law and Democracy program at Chabot College in partnership with the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute at COFO – Jackson State University, the League of Women Voters – Eden Area, Campus Camp Wellstone, and other campus and community partners.
The Law and Democracy program is a co-curricular collaboration between Chabot’s Administration of Justice and Political Science Departments that grew out of discussions about ways to revive the culture of civic engagement and service-learning at Chabot. These discussions led to the establishment of our Law and Democracy course, annual lecture, and speaker series.
In addition to our course, annual lecture and speaker series, we also participate in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) conducted by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University. For participating colleges and universities, NSVLE will calculate the voting rate for your students during each election cycle.
Last spring (2014), we wanted to connect our activities to the 2014 Law Day Theme – “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters”. Consequently, on May 1, 2014, we launched a campaign to increase our campus voting rate to (at least) 60% to honor the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (2015).
While our initial intent was to focus on California Community College students, we are extending an invitation to any campus or organization to join us in this effort if you share our concern about the importance of voting in a democracy.