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MI Vote Matters

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MI Vote Matters

About the Challenge

MI Vote Matters is a partnership between the Michigan Secretary of State and nonpartisan organizations to encourage high school students and educators across the state to hold voter registration drives and earn recognition for their efforts.

Each participating school will have the opportunity to receive awards and special recognition from the Secretary of State, based on its success in registering a majority of eligible students to vote. Award categories are as follows:

  • Gold: 90% and above of all eligible high school students registered
  • Silver: 70% and above of all eligible high school students registered
  • Bronze: 50% of all eligible high school students registered
  • Platinum: 100 or more eligible high school seniors registered

Student’s may also participate in the MI Vote Matters Team Captain program, a leadership opportunity for high school students to help their peers prepare to participate in Michigan’s elections.

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Join the challenge

The Fall 2022 MI Vote Matters High School Voter Registration Challenge is now open! School participants in the Spring 2022 challenge will be automatically enrolled for the Fall challenge. New participants may sign-up using the link below.

Sign up your school today


For more information on the MI Vote Matters High School Voter Registration Challenge, email MDOS-Info@Michigan.gov.

Additional resources

Spring 2022 MI Vote Matters Registration Challenge

The following schools participated in the Spring 2022 MI Vote Matters High School Voter Registration Challenge.

  • Platinum Award recipients

    Battle Creek Central High School

    Fenton Area Public Schools

    Fordson High School

    L'Anse Creuse High School North

    Traverse City West Senior High

    Lakeview High School (Platinum and Bronze Award Recipient)

     

    Gold Award recipient

    Valley Lutheran High School

     

    Silver Award Recipient

    Summerfield Junior/Senior High School

     

    Bronze Award recipients

    Lakeview High School (Platinum and Bronze Award Recipient)

    Charlevoix Middle High School

    Clara B. Ford Academy

    Merrill High School

    Onekama Consolidated Schools

     

    Participating schools

    Alpena High School

    Anchor Bay High School

    Annapolis High School

    Bay City Central High School

    Berrien Springs High School

    Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

    Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy

    Chippewa Valley High School

    Comstock Park High School

    Cousino High School

    Crestwood High School

    Dearborn High School

    East Lansing High School

    Eastpointe High School

    Edsel Ford High School

    Farmington High School

    Forest Hills Central High School

    Gladstone High School

    Grosse Pointe South High School

    Hamtramck High School

    Harper Woods High School

    Haslett High School

    Henry Ford High School

    Hesperia Community Schools

    Homer High School

    Howell High School

    Kelloggsville High School

    Kent City High School

    Leland High School

    Macomb Math Science and Technology Center

    Marquette Senior High School

    Mason High School

    Midland High School

    New Haven High School

    Novi High School

    Okemos High School

    Paw Paw High School

    Pontiac High School- ITA

    Rockford High School

    Sterling Heights High School

    Traverse City Central High School

    Troy Athens High School

    Warren Mott High School

    Washtenaw Technical Middle College

    Watervliet High School

    West Michigan Aviation Academy

    Williamston High School

    Ypsilanti Community High School

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Team Captain Program

The Team Captain Program is a non-partisan student-led initiative, empowering students to plan and lead voter registration efforts at their high schools. Up to two students at each school will be selected to serve as a Team Captain for the 2022-2023 school year.

Students can now apply to serve as a Team Captain at their high school, leading their peers in the following initiatives:

  • Increase voter registration among their peers who are eligible.
  • Inform fellow students of their voting rights in Michigan and options for participating in elections.
  • Raise awareness with their classmates about the importance of voting and civic engagement.

Selected students will receive leadership training, resources, materials, and support from non-partisan MI Vote Matters partners, including the Michigan Department of State and Bureau of Elections. Team Captains will also have the opportunity to attend an educational voting and leadership workshop this summer, hosted by the Department of State and Bureau of Elections.

Students can apply using the below student application link. 

Student Application

Educators, administrators, and staff can nominate students for the program by using the below nomination form.

Nomination Form

Program partners

MI Vote Matters partners include Inspire2Vote, a nonpartisan program of Project High Hopes; the League of Women Voters of Michigan; the Michigan Center for Civic Education; and When We All Vote, an initiative within Civic Nation.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Every Michigan high school is encouraged to participate. School administrators can visit inspire2vote.org/MIVoteMatters to sign up and confirm their school's participation in the Challenge and to receive materials.

    Students who are at least 17.5 years old can pre/register by completing their online pledge and a voter registration application.

  • Participating schools will receive an action kit for administrators and educators to prepare for a voter registration drive. Materials will be mailed or emailed, and schools may affirm their participation by completing a form and returning it.

    Participating schools may also be contacted by a MI Vote Matters nonpartisan program partner to offer additional support. Partners include Project High Hopes; the League of Women Voters of Michigan; the Michigan Center for Civic Education and When We All Vote.

  • Participating schools are encouraged to host voter registration drives to empower students 17.5+ years of age to get registered. Resources and guidance on hosting successful voter registration drives will be provided. Drives may be planned by faculty and staff or may take place as a student-led initiative.

  • Resources provided to participating schools include an Action Kit Guide with steps for planning a successful voter registration drive, classroom presentations, voter activity cards with suggested engagement activities, and more. Download our resources guide for more information. For additional questions, contact Secretary@Michigan.gov.

  • Registration numbers for participating schools will be tracked through student completion of a paper or online "Pledge to Vote" card after registering. Schools will be awarded special recognition based on the following rates:

    • Gold: 90% and above of all eligible high school seniors registered
    • Silver: 70% and above of all eligible high school seniors registered
    • Bronze: 50% of all eligible high school seniors registered
  • Inspire2Vote supports nonpartisan efforts to promote voter registration among high school students. Through nonpartisan, interactive efforts, the Inspire movement (Inspire U.S., Inspire2Vote), has enabled nearly 80,000 high school students across the nation to register and vote in elections.

    Inspire2Vote is a program of Project High Hopes, a 501(c)3 operating foundation which engages in innovative programs in the areas of civic responsibility.  For more information about Project High Hopes, visit projecthighhopes.org.