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The Andrew Goodman Foundation Celebrates A Decade Of The Vote Everywhere Program

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April 1, 2024
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The Andrew Goodman Foundation Celebrates a Decade of the Vote Everywhere Program

Anniversary celebrations recognize the Vote Everywhere program’s “Founding Fifteen” campuses

This year marks a milestone for The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) as it celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its flagship program, Vote Everywhere. A decade ago, and in the wake of Shelby County v. Holder’s impact on the Voting Rights Act, David and Sylvia Goodman launched Vote Everywhere to carry on the legacy of AGF’s namesake and David’s late brother, Andrew Goodman. During the Freedom Summer of 1964, the Ku Klux Klan murdered Andrew Goodman, a college student and volunteer, alongside James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner for registering Black Americans to vote.

Today, Vote Everywhere partners with America’s colleges and universities to provide resources, visibility, and mentoring to a national network of student leaders who involve their peers in participatory democracy through long-term voter engagement and public policy initiatives. Since its inception in 2014, Vote Everywhere has expanded to 69 campuses in 26 states and Washington, D.C., including a dedicated HBCU Cohort. The program has successfully helped register 121,993 voters, facilitated 6,807 educational events, engaged 1,573,916 students, and spearheaded critical campaigns for youth voting rights.

AGF honors the following Founding Fifteen campuses that have been instrumental in shaping this initiative since 2014: Allegheny College, Arizona State University, Bard College, Binghamton University, Cornell University, Elon University, Louisiana State University, Miami University, Queens College, Simpson College, Tennessee State University, Tufts University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Mississippi, and University of Utah.

AGF Executive Director Rashawn Davis remarks, “The 10th Anniversary of Vote Everywhere is not just a celebration of a program; it is a celebration of a movement. This movement has empowered a generation of young civic leaders to become champions of democracy. I am immensely proud of Vote Everywhere’s decade of impact. Our Founding Fifteen campuses have laid the groundwork for what has become a nationwide effort to carry the torch of the Freedom Summer of 1964, develop young leaders, and increase youth civic engagement and voting accessibility for a more representative democracy. We are excited about the future as we continue to expand the horizons of what is possible when young people are engaged, informed, and empowered.”

Vote Everywhere has become a leader in youth civic engagement, providing students with the tools and resources to hold voter registration drives, foster an informed electorate, get out the vote, and advocate for institutionalized cultures of engagement on campuses and greater accessibility to voting. 

Over the past decade, The Andrew Goodman Foundation and its network of Andrew Goodman Ambassadors and Champions have achieved significant voting right victories, including passing legislation in 2016 in Louisiana to create student IDs that are voter-ID-compliant at public institutions of higher education and litigating in Florida to reverse a statewide prohibition on on-campus polling places ahead of the 2018 Midterm Elections. AGF litigated alongside Vote Everywhere partner Bard College to win an on-campus polling place ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election, which resulted in statewide legislation in New York that requires on-campus polling places or polling places at a nearby site proposed by the college. 

Ambassadors have also advocated through other avenues to increase youth access to the ballot, such as by introducing a new mail stop code at the University of Alabama so students could more easily receive absentee ballots, integrating my.VoteEverywhere — AGF’s online one-stop-shop for civic and voter information — within Georgetown University’s student portal, advocating for Election Day to be an asynchronous instruction day at Pace University, helping people who were formerly incarcerated to regain their right to vote in Alabama, and more. 

Caroline Smith, Director of Programs at AGF, states, “Vote Everywhere’s journey over the past decade exemplifies the power of collective action and the unshakable spirit of our youth. The transformation we’ve witnessed on our campuses and their surrounding communities is a testament to the perseverance and dedication of our campus partners, like the Founding Fifteen campuses, and our Andrew Goodman Ambassadors. Their actions inspire hope and demonstrate the incredible impact that informed and engaged young people can have on our society.”

As AGF commemorates this significant anniversary and the Founding Fifteen campuses, the organization reaffirms its commitment to developing the next generation of civic leaders and building a more inclusive and participatory society. AGF will continue to work with its network of campuses, partners, and supporters to ensure that every voice is heard and every vote counts.

The Founding Fifteen campuses will be virtually recognized at AGF’s ninth National Civic Leadership Training Summit this summer, with the date to be announced. For more information about the Vote Everywhere program, visit andrewgoodman.org/our-programs/vote-everywhere/

About The Andrew Goodman Foundation

The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s mission is to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy by training the next generation of leaders, engaging young voters, and challenging restrictive voter suppression laws. The organization is named after Andrew Goodman, a Freedom Summer volunteer and champion of equality and voting rights who was murdered, alongside James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner, by the KKK in 1964 while registering Black Americans to vote in Mississippi. To learn more, visit www.andrewgoodman.org.

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