Penn State partnering with TurboVote to increase student participation

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s University Park Undergraduate Association and Student Affairs have partnered with TurboVote to encourage students to register to vote and participate in elections.

TurboVote, a nonprofit created by Democracy Works, aims to make registering to vote easier. Its services include helping participants register to vote and get absentee ballots if needed, and allowing users to sign up to receive voting reminders.

“It’s used at a lot of universities across the country, and can help increase voter registration and engagement,” said Barry Bram, special assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs.

Ryan Valencia, chair of UPUA governmental affairs commission, said because TurboVote streamlines a number of services it will make voting easier.

“The online website,, brings together three services — online voter registration, absentee ballot requests and text/email reminders of voting deadlines,” Valencia said. “If you request to vote by mail, we provide you all the postage and information needed to do so. It is a one stop shop for preparing for any election — primary or general.”

The deadline for registering to vote in Pennsylvania’s April 26 primary is March 28. For more information, go to:

Last Updated March 22, 2016