B1G TEN Voting Challenge
MSUVote and the B1G Ten Voting Challenge
WHAT IS THE B1G TEN VOTING CHALLENGE?
In late 2017, the University of Michigan’s President Mark Schlissel issued a challenge to the presidents of all 14 B1G TEN schools. He asked every school to make a concerted effort to raise the number of registered student voters and to get these voters to the polls. At the end of the year, two winners will be honored: the school with the greatest overall turnout in 2018 and the school with the greatest growth in turnout between 2014 and 2018. The winners will be selected based on numbers collected by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) at Tufts University. MSU signed on to the challenge immediately after it was issued. MSUvote is spearheading the effort.
WHAT TYPES OF MESSAGES ARE TO BE CONVEYED?
Voting is a fundamental example of civic engagement. Students are a big part of democracy in action and should always be encouraged to exercise their right to vote.
Getting to Election Day takes some level of commitment and planning for any voter. There are three key steps to this process:
· Get Registered
· Get Educated on Issues & Candidates
· Actually Vote
Many students get registered, but they don’t actually show up to vote. Their class schedules might get in the way or perhaps they never registered in the town where they are living. They might not feel educated about candidates. Students need to have a game plan for Election Day!
DOES MSUVOTE HAVE CONNECTIONS TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE?
Absolutely. MSU was designated a Voter Friendly Campus beginning in 2016. We partner with Campus Election Engagement Project, The Campus Vote Project, The League of Women Voters and are part of the 1,000 member schools of The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education.
DO YOU HAVE AN ONLINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE?
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES DOES MSUVOTE PROMOTE OR SPONSOR?
· Voter registration drives
· Connecting local clerks to student organizations in order to increase registration
· Registering students at orientation
· Sponsor the Secretary of State’s Mobile Unit on-campus
· Hosting, sponsoring or supporting debate watch activities, candidate and issue forums
· Encouraging turnout on Election Day and celebrating student voters through events.
DO LOCAL STUDENTS VOTE IN EAST LANSING ONLY?
Local students vote in many places. On campus students will vote at one of 4 on-campus precincts. Many off campus students will vote in East Lansing, Meridian Township, Lansing and Bath Township. Students are encouraged to check the location of their precinct at the Secretary of State’s Office.