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MI Vote Matters
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.
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.
For more information on the MI Vote Matters High School Voter Registration Challenge, email MDOS-Info@Michigan.gov.
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
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
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.
Educators, administrators, and staff can nominate students for the program by using the below nomination form.
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)
Who can participate?
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.
What happens after signing up?
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.
What is required of participating schools?
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.
What resources are available?
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.
How are voter registrations tracked?
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
What is Inspire2Vote?
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.