Cornell Votes Mission, Vision, and History

Mission and Vision

Cornell Votes is a university-wide non-partisan campaign to increase voter registration, turnout, and civic engagement on campus. We aim to create a campus culture where every person exercises their right to have a voice in their representation, through voting, democratic engagement, and civil discourse.

Cornell Votes is a coalition of student, staff, and faculty stakeholders from across campus along with local community partners working to achieve increase voter registration and voter turnout among eligible voters.

History of Cornell Votes and the Andrew Goodman Foundation

Cornell Votes is born from a partnership with the Andrew Goodman Foundation whose mission is to build upon the legacy of Freedom Fighters during the Civil Rights Movement, and to make young voices and votes a powerful force in our democracy. Through their support and mentorship, the Public Service Center was able to bring the Vote Everywhere campaign to Cornell in order to better promote, advocate and mobilize university resources to increase voter registration and turnout rate. Since then our work has been to promote civic engagement on campus and to support activism that advocates for systemic change on issues of voting.

The Foundation's Vote Everywhere campaign is a national, non-partisan, civic engagement movement of student leaders and university partners. The program provides extensive training, resources, as well as a peer network to support its Ambassadors while they work to register voters, bring down voting barriers, and tackle important social justice issues on their college campuses. There are 54+ campuses across the nation: large state universities, small liberal arts colleges, and everything in between participating in the Vote Everywhere Campaign.

The Andrew Goodman Foundation and Cornell Votes' vision is to encourage young people to become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. Join us in this mission by becoming a member of Cornell Votes during this critical time for American democracy and help shape the next generation of civic leaders.

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)

Cornell University is a participating institution with the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). NSLVE offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates and, for interested campuses, a closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting. Since 2013, more than 1000 colleges and universities have signed up to participate in NSLVE, building a robust database for ongoing research.

2014 & 2018 NSLVE Cornell University Report

2012 & 2016 NSLVE Cornell University Report


Cornell Votes is made possible through support from the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Questions? Call us at 607-255-1148, email (, or visit us in person at the Engaged Cornell Hub at 300 Kennedy Hall.

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