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On Friday, December 4, Cornell Votes, a university-wide non-partisan campaign to increase voter registration, turnout, and civic engagement on Cornell's campus, received the 2020 Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Award for exemplifying its Guiding Principle of Leading through Nonpartisanship.

Since relaunching under this new name in the winter of 2019, Cornell Votes has dedicated itself to building a coalition with student groups, staff, and faculty around voting regardless of party affiliation and political views. Housed within the Cornell Public Service Center, Cornell Votes set out to increase voter registration, turnout, and civic engagement.

Because of the pandemic, Cornell Votes had to pivot quickly, utilizing social media and texting to promote voting. They also held many workshops and events to train leaders across campus on voter registration and being ballot ready by providing resources to make the voting process more accessible.