BadgersVote is a campus-wide initiative that strives to provide University of Wisconsin–Madison students with everything they need to know in order to participate in their elections. The BadgersVote Coalition is comprised of many individuals, units and departments across campus and the city of Madison.
BadgersVote hosts voter education campaigns, information events and other student-oriented opportunities to drive student civic and voter engagement.
Students who are looking to get engaged or are interested in joining the BadgersVote Student Coalition, should visit this link.
For current information on voter registration, obtaining a voter-compliant ID card and other resources, UW-Madison students should visit vote.wisc.edu. The Presidential Election is on Nov. 3. See who’s on the ballot and ensure your voice is heard.
The Morgridge Center collaborates with several campus, local and national initiatives to support student voting efforts. See links below for more information on these initiatives.
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ALL IN Democracy Challenge
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has joined more than 575 other colleges and universities around the country by committing to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
The 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.
By recognizing colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates, this national awards program encourages institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship. Hundreds of colleges and universities have joined the Challenge and have committed to making democratic participation a core value on their campuses. Together, they are cultivating generations of engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.
Big 10 Voting Challenge
UW-Madison joined the other Big Ten institutions in a new competition to promote civic engagement in 2018: 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 continues in 2020.
What’s At Stake:
One of the most important values we teach at our universities is the importance of civic engagement. Voting in elections gives students a voice in the democratic process and in the decisions that affect local, state, and national issues. 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.
STUDENT TURNOUT STRONG IN 2018
A national survey finds student turnout at UW–Madison increased by nearly 18 percentage points in the 2018 midterm elections compared to 2014.
UW HAS SECOND HIGHEST VOTER TURNOUT IN BIG TEN
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.
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. The University of Wisconsin 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 these data with participating campuses.
Vote Everywhere Ambassador at UW-Madison
Beginning in the spring of 2016 the University of Wisconsin Madison has hosted three Vote Everywhere Ambassadors funded by the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Vote Everywhere is a national, non-partisan, civic engagement movement of student leaders and university partners. The program provides extensive training, resources, as well as a peer network to support its Ambassadors while they work to register voters, bring down voting barriers, and tackle important social justice issues.
The efforts of the Vote Everywhere Ambassadors embody the spirit of a fellow UW-Madison student, Andrew Goodman, the namesake of the organization. Robert and Carolyn Goodman founded The Andrew Goodman Foundation to honor their son after he was murdered along with young civil rights workers James Earl Chaney and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner by Klansmen in Mississippi during the Summer of 1964.
Goodman, who attended UW-Madison his freshman year, committed himself to fighting injustices by traveling through the south to register African- American voters during the Freedom Summer volunteer campaign at 20 years old.
Today, the Vote Everywhere Ambassadors carry on Goodman’s spirit by working to ensure students are well informed about elections, are able to register to vote and can collect their free voter ID at UW-Madison.
- October 21Early Voting and Registration, Oct. 20 to Oct. 30.3 locations: Tents outside Union South, Memorial Union and 333 East Campus Mall, 11 am to 6 pm.11:00 AM
- October 21
- October 21
Stay Connected with Civic Engagement
Zoom the Vote is a four-week series of one-hour long Zoom presentations about all things voting led by the BadgersVote Student Coalition in collaboration with community partners. Check out the videos for all your voting questions!
Created by BadgersVote in collaboration with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, Pod-Cast Your Vote is dedicated to increasing voter engagement by reminding all students of the power they hold to change the world. New episodes produced every other Thursday!
Sign up for Virtual Voting Office Hours and bring any voting questions to School of Education staff and League of Women Voters volunteers!
Tuesdays: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Students must choose whether they will vote in their hometowns or in Madison, and register accordingly. You can create a personalized registration and voting plan through the BadgersVote Interactive Voting Tool.
Early voting is available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week, from Oct. 20 to 30 at outdoor tents set up at Union South, Memorial Union and East Campus Mall outside Student Activity Center.
Tamia Fowlkes, the Big Ten Voting Challenge intern for the Morgridge Center for Public Service, offers her insight into the value of working the polls this fall and during a pandemic.