SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
Volunteers to advise on improving student voter engagement
LANSING – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced the members of her new Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force, which will meet over the next two months and make recommendations for improving voter engagement among young voters and college students.
Thirty-three students were chosen from among nearly 100 applicants to represent their institution of higher education. The members represent 31 communities across Michigan and 23 community colleges, colleges and universities statewide.
“I am proud of the many men and women across the state who have stepped up to lead and inform our office on how to best engage students in our democracy,” Benson said. “I am confident with their insights and involvement we will develop a robust plan to break down existing barriers and ensure our elections are accessible to all.”
Participants will advise on the unique challenges encountered by voters ages 18 to 24 and recommend a series of programmatic, administrative or policy changes to address those challenges. Through this task force, young voters and diverse perspectives will be at the table as the Michigan Department of State works to implement the Promote the Vote constitutional amendment passed by voters last November.
The task force will meet three times this fall between September and November in locations throughout the state, with final recommendations submitted to Benson in late November. In 2020, students will work with the Secretary of State’s Office as civic engagement liaisons to their respective campuses.
Task force members were selected by members of the Department of State’s Election Modernization Advisory Committee and Secretary of State staff leadership.
Those named to the task force are:
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