- Raise U of M students’ participation in the 2004 Presidential Elections, by increasing their awareness on the importance of exercising the right to vote (to be connected with voter registration efforts).
- Provide U of M students with sufficient knowledge to make an informed electoral decision in both Presidential and State elections next November (that is, proliferation of information on candidates’ profiles and their positions on the issues especially important to students).
Timeline for Survey project:
- Student groups contacted to find out who wants to participate and what they what issues they would like addressed in a survey. Then decide in a meeting time at the end of July what questions we want to include, consult Larry Jacobs for feedback and criticism of the survey format and then send the survey to participating groups giving them some time to give final feedback.
- SPAC will have training by the Minnesota Participation Project on voter registration, voter education and how to conduct a survey (July 21st 7-9pm in Room 319).
August-start: Contact campaign managers for House and tell them about
survey, send by e-mail and/or letter.
Mid-August: Get the framework ready for the website so answers just need to
be entered, update website as survey responses come in.
September: Follow up with House candidates who haven't responded.
First week of October: Have the majority of candidates’ survey responses on website and plan for story for MN Daily, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press – the more press coverage the better.
- Engage UM students in how politics affect their lives and educations—and how they can impact electoral politics—by organizing proxy candidate debates on campus. To be focused on candidates’ positions on issues especially important to students.
Timeline for Survey project:
- Identify and invite students interested in organizing debate (SPAC, HHH, PoliSci, etc.)
- Identify appropriate representatives from each statewide party organization
- Contact representatives to invite to participate in proxy debate
- Contact representatives from the student (i.e., University) affiliates of each party to also play role in debate
- Identify and invite moderator (Larry Jacobs?)
- Develop content for debate—coordinate with candidate survey team. Work in conjunction with moderator on this (at least vet content by moderator)
- Reserve location
- Make AV arrangements (recording, microphones, video, audio, etc.)
- Determine how publicity will be arranged
September: Contact local media (Strib, PP, Daily, MPR, TV) to alert them to this event—encourage them to run story ahead of time, in addition to showing up at event. Coordinate with Larry Jacobs on this.
First week of October: Aim to hold debate this week (not midterms, still allows students to register at debates, allows time to build-up/publicize after students return to campus).