BIG TEN VOTING CHALLENGE 2020
Launched in 2017, the Big Ten Voting Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative created to spur civic engagement and encourage more students across the Big Ten to head to the polls on Election Day. Each of the 14 schools within the Big Ten Conference competed in the challenge.
The 14 presidents across the Big Ten Conference agreed to continue the challenge for the 2020 presidential election. Utilizing NSLVE data as our benchmark, two winners will be honored: the campus with the greatest overall turnout in 2020, and the campus with the greatest growth in turnout from 2016 to 2020. Winning campuses will be announced when NSLVE reports have been released and reviewed, likely in late 2021.
The average student voting rate across the Big Ten Conference spiked to 43 percent for the 2018 midterm elections, surpassing the national average student voting rate of 40 percent, and more than double the national student voting rate of 19 percent in 2014.
Two winners were honored in 2019: the University of Minnesota-Twin cities as the campus with the greatest overall turnout in 2018, and Rutgers University as the campus with the greatest growth in turnout from 2014 to 2018!
But the real winner will be you – for exercising your privilege to vote and your power to change the world.
To get started, visit govote.umich.edu
U-M supporters of the challenge include:
Office of the President
Office of the Provost
Office of the Vice President for Student Life
Office of the Vice President for Government Relations
Office of the Vice President for Communications
Central Student Government (CSG)
Professor Edie Goldenberg and Turn Up Turnout
Office of the Registrar
Office of New Student Programs
The Ginsberg Center
The Michigan Marching Band
University of Michigan Museum of Art
University of Michigan Library
Recognition and Media