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Summary of Federal Laws

Miscellaneous Laws that Might Apply

Voter Registration Provision in Higher Education Amendments of 1998

Pub. L. No. 105-244, 112 Stat. 1581 (1998)

20 U.S.C. § 1094(a)(23)(A)

The Program Participation Agreements  require institutions to make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to each student in attendance. This law does not apply in states without a voter registration requirement, or if the voter can register at the time of voting. The institution requests and receives the forms from the state and must make the forms "widely available" to each student enrolled in a degree or certificate program and physically in attendance at the institution. 

Updates to law in the HEOA: The Higher Ed Amendments of 2008 added the following text to the Voter Registration Act effective August 14, 2008.

(D) The institution shall be considered in compliance with the requirements of subparagraph (A) for each student to whom the institution electronically transmits a message containing a voter registration form acceptable for use in the State in which the institution is located, or an Internet address where such a form can be downloaded, if such information is in an electronic message devoted exclusively to voter registration.


Online Registration Forms in DC, MD, VA

Many states have voter registration forms online.

See Your Voice Your Vote for ideas on how to publicize voter registration information.

This law applies to general and special elections for federal office (defined in Title 52, Chapter 301, Subchapter 1, Section 30101 of the Federal Election Campaign Laws, as the office of President or Vice President, or Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress) and the election for governor or other chief executive within such state.

Failure to comply with any of the provisions of the Higher Education Program Participation Agreements can result in liability not to exceed $25,000 for each violation. 


Your Voice Your Vote: Higher Education's National Campus Voter Registration Project


National Mail Voter Registration Form (multi-lingual)


updated 8-23-18 mlo