BadgersVote

BadgersVote

The next elections will be the Partisan Primary Election on Aug. 13, 2024 and the General Election on Nov. 5, 2024.

Find information about upcoming Wisconsin elections here.


A detailed guide of Wisconsin student voter information can be found at vote.wisc.edu.

Are you more interested in voting in your home state? Visit Vote411 to find dates of elections in other states.

Create your personalized plan to register and vote through this interactive voting tool.

Looking to learn about civic engagement?

BadgersVote offers free voter education presentations for campus groups and student organizations. Learn the basics of government, how to register to vote and all about voter IDs with Badgersvote. If interested in bringing BadgersVote to your organization, fill out this form to request an educational presentation for your organization.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Shelby Fosco: sfosco@wisc.edu.

Members of the BadgersVote Coalition looking for meeting times and agendas can email Shelby Fosco for more information.

If you have questions or concerns related to voting, please email vote_morgridge@wisc.edu.

If you would like to get in contact with BadgersVote, please email sfosco@wisc.edu.

UW–Madison's Rich Culture of Civic Engagement

The History of BadgersVote

The origins of the BadgersVote Coalition stretch back to 2013. The Morgridge Center began emphasizing the importance of voting after the arrival of Kathy Cramer as the new faculty director.

With Kathy as a driving force of civic engagement programming, the BadgersVote Coalition was created after the university participated in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge in 2016. As a part of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, UW–Madison joined 575 higher education institutions across the nation to promote student voter engagement.

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Our Statistics and Commitments

Want to see UW–Madison’s voter registration and turnout statistics? Find more details through the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement.

By committing to national voting initiatives, UW–Madison and BadgersVote join universities across the country in engaging students and institutionalizing voting on campus.

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UW–Madison's voter turnout and registration statistics

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement

 

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates. UWMadison has joined more than 1,000 campuses across all 50 states in participating in NSLVE. This study is the first and only to objectively examine student and institution-level data on student voting and share this data with participating campuses.

Find detailed information on voter registration and turnout at UW–Madison below.

2016 and 2018 University of Wisconsin – Madison NSLVE Voting Data at a Glance

2014 and 2018 University of Wisconsin – Madison NSLVE Report

2012 and 2016 University of Wisconsin – Madison NSLVE Report

2020 University of Wisconsin – Madison NSLVE Report

Our commitment to improving democratic engagement

The ALL IN Democracy Challenge

 

ALL IN Democracy Challenge recognizes postsecondary campuses committed to improving democratic engagement, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens.

In 2016, UW–Madison became one of more than 575 other colleges and universities around the country that committed to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

Following the 2022 midterm elections, UW–Madison was recognized as a “Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting” by ALL IN.

In the spring of 2023, UW–Madison student Laine Bottemiller was recognized as a part of ALL IN’s Student Voting Honor Roll.

UW–Madison is a current participant in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

We are a Voter Friendly Campus

Voter Friendly Campus

 

The Voter Friendly Campus initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in elections.

In 2021, UW–Madison joined over 200 campuses in 37 states and the District of Columbia designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus.”

Read our 2020 Voter Friendly Campus Report.

UW–Madison earned the Voter Friendly Campus designation again for the 2023-2024 school year.

Competing with other Big Ten schools

The Big Ten Voting Challenge

 

The Big Ten Voting Challenge helps to mobilize registration and turnout efforts at all 14 Big Ten universities. The Big Ten Voting Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative to encourage students to exercise their right to vote, which is among the most fundamental opportunities to be an active and engaged citizen.

UWMadison joined the other Big Ten institutions in a new competition to promote civic engagement in 2018: the Big Ten Voting Challenge. Read the 2017 introductory letter from the presidents of Big Ten universities. Following the 2018 midterm elections, a national survey found student turnout at UW–Madison increased by nearly 18 percentage points in the 2018 midterm elections compared to 2014. University of Wisconsin–Madison students achieved the second-highest voter turnout among the 14 member institutions of the Big Ten Conference in the 2018 midterm elections, according to the newly announced results of the Big Ten Voting Challenge.

UWMadison again joined the Big Ten Voting Challenge for the November 2020 presidential election. See the results of the 2020 Big Ten Voting Challenge.

Our Members and Partners

BadgersVote Student Team

The BadgersVote team is a group of dedicated and passionate student interns working to mobilize and educate students about the importance of voting at UW–Madison.

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Madison City Clerk's Office

The Madison City Clerk's Office provides insight on upcoming elections, voter registration and election rules, ensuring voter engagement efforts by BadgersVote use accurate and up-to-date information and practices.

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Campus Vote Project

Campus Vote Project works to normalize and institutionalize student voting by working directly with colleges and colleges and universities across the country, aiming to empower students with the information they need to register and vote.

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The Andrew Goodman Foundation

The Andrew Goodman Foundation supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility and social justice initiatives on higher education campuses across the country with mini-grants and other financial assistance to students.

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The League of Women Voters of Dane County

The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation of citizens in government at all levels.

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UW–Madison Staff and Faculty

Kathy Cramer is the current faculty co-chair of BadgersVote. Staff from University Communications, the Office of Student Affairs and more campus groups work together on the BadgersVote Coalition to institutionalize student voting across campus.

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