UW-Madison is joining the other Big Ten institutions in a new competition to promote civic engagement: the Big Ten Voting Challenge. The Big Ten Voting Challenge will help to mobilize registration and turnout efforts at all 14 Big Ten universities. The challenge begins Sunday September 17, 2017 and runs through November 6, 2018.
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.
Trophies will be awarded to the university with the highest eligible voter turnout rate, and the school with the most improved voter turnout (relative to its 2014 data).