Winners announced for 2020 Collegiate Voting Challenge

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FILE—Six colleges throughout Michigan received recognition from the Secretary of State for student voter turnout in the 2020 election.

FILE—Six colleges throughout Michigan received recognition from the Secretary of State for student voter turnout in the 2020 election.

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The Michigan Secretary of State announced the winners of the Collegiate Voting Challenge for the 2020 election.

Six schools in Michigan are receiving awards for student participation in the 2020 presidential election. Categories for the awards included: highest campus voter turnout, most improved campus voter turnout and highest student voter registration rate. Awards were given to both 2-year and 4-year institutions.

“Young people voted across the state in 2020, helping to set new turnout records for voters on both sides of the aisle,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a statement. “I congratulate all the universities that participated in this historic and nonpartisan success. By educating citizens on their voting rights and encouraging them to participate in our elections, they have strengthened our democracy.”

The colleges that received awards are:

•    Delta College — Highest Voter Registration, 2-year institution award
•    University of Michigan-Flint — Highest Voter Registration, 4-year institution award
•    Lansing Community College — Most Improved Voter Turnout, 2-year institution award
•    Michigan State University — Most Improved Voter Turnout, 4-year institution award
•    Muskegon Community College — Highest Voter Turnout, 2-year institution award
•    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — Highest Voter Turnout, 4-year institution award

In addition, Delta College and Grand Valley State University received honors for Best Action Plans to boost student engagement.

The awards were decided upon using data from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement reports generated by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University.