All K Votes projects, events, initiatives, and partnerships are nonpartisan and uphold the importance for full community participation for a successful, healthy democracy through structured dialogue and social action to increase access and equity for all voters.
Contact the K Votes Civic Engagement Scholars for current projects and volunteer opportunities!
Get Involved in Your Community
Fill out our interest form to let us know what you want to see from K Votes and how you want to get involved!
K Votes Opportunities Interest Form
- Volunteer with K Votes
- Run voter registration drives on campus and in the community
- Collaborate with local election officials to support Kalamazoo election cycles
- Partner with Campus Vote Project to engage more students in the political process, especially voting
- Work alongside Center for Civic Engagement staff and faculty partners to organize, plan, and/or facilitate voter education events
- Support ongoing voting initiatives in the Kalamazoo area to increase access and equity for election processes
- Engage with the democratic process locally, statewide, and nationally
- Apply for a Democracy Fellowship
- Earn a stipend ($700-$900 per semester) for engaging in democratic dialogues and organizing student voter education and action opportunities
- Collaborate on initiatives, events, and projects with K Votes Civic Engagement Scholars and CCE staff
- “We are seeking students who are self starters, democratically engaged, politically interested & willing to help peers register to vote and engage in dialogue around democracy.” – Campus Vote Project
- Network with student fellows across the country and receive mentorship and guidance for youth voter organizing
- Read more about fellowship requirements and stipend information through the Campus Vote Project website, or contact Riley.Gabriel@kzoo.edu (campus CVP contact)
- Participate on the Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force
- Apply for a task force position in late August or early September! (Check the CSATF website for application deadlines each year)
- Work to:
- Assess barriers and challenges to voter registration and voting faced by students in Michigan.
- Develop legislative recommendations and best practices to improve student voter engagement.
- Enact solutions on campus to resolve student voting barriers, improve student voter registration and turnout rates, and to educate peers about Michigan elections.
- Explore the frequently asked questions list to see if this opportunity aligns with you and your college and professional goals!
More about CSATF
Founded by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in September 2019, the Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force aims to improve youth voter engagement and civic participation. Task force members will serve as student liaisons between the Michigan Department of State and their campus populations. This nonpartisan group will advise on the unique experiences and barriers of student voters, helping to ensure the voice of young people are heard in Michigan’s elections.
The 2023 – 2024 Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force is run by the Michigan Department of State in partnership with Campus Vote Project and Fair Elections Center, a national, nonpartisan voting rights organization that works to eliminate barriers to student voting. Students appointed to the 2023 – 2024 Task Force have the option to also enroll in a paid Campus Vote Project (CVP) Democracy Fellowship.”
Students selected to serve on the 2023 – 2024 Task Force will have the option to enroll in a paid Campus Vote Project (CVP) Democracy Fellowship coinciding with the duration of their Task Force appointment. As a Democracy Fellow, students will be provided the tools to turn their civic engagement ideas into action. Democracy Fellows will work to remove on-campus voting barriers, to educate their peers about elections, and to build a campus coalition to support student voter engagement. For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions section.