(Originally published on Oct. 29, 2018.)
The numbers are in! With the Michigan voter registration deadline now passed, the University of Michigan’s Big Ten Voting Challenge efforts resulted in more than 17,000 U-M students using TurboVote to register to vote, request absentee ballots and receive election reminders since September 2016.
The following events happen Tuesday, October 30:
- Donuts in the Diag for Democracy, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2 – 5 PM
- Trick-or-Vote, Eastern Michigan University, Noon – 4 PM
Student voter turnout for Midterms was huge! In 2014, there were 1,162 votes cast in six predominantly student precincts in East Lansing. On November 6th, there were 3,963 votes in those precincts. In 2014 in Ann Arbor’s student precincts there were 1,541 votes during 2014’s midterms, and 4,977 votes cast on Tuesday. At Kalamazoo’s Precinct 2, there were 625 votes cast in 2014 compared to 1,625 in 2018.
According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, 21% of eligible young people voted, while 31% of Americans between 18-29 turned out to vote in the 2018 midterms.