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Michigan Department of State launches Democracy MVP Varsity Challenge

High school athletic teams given chance to compete recruiting election workers

The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) launched the Democracy MVP Varsity Challenge today, an initiative of the Democracy MVP election work recruitment campaign, targeted at high school varsity athletes. The challenge pits varsity athletic teams within schools and across the state against each other in a competition to recruit the most poll workers for Nov. 3.

“Democracy is a team sport, and we know our student athletes are up to the challenge,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “We have many young people across the state eager to participate in our democracy. This challenge provides them an opportunity to do that by taking on a leadership role to recruit their teammates and classmates to be poll workers.”

Launching this week, any high school varsity athletic team can join the challenge by registering online and making a video challenging other varsity teams at their schools to sign up. Teams then recruit poll workers through, where those signing up input the team name and high school they have been recruited by.

The entire team works together recruiting people, and the team that has recruited the most people by Election Day will receive recognition from Secretary Benson and MDOS, as well as being featured on the Democracy MVP website. Any team that recruits more than 50 poll workers will be automatically entered into a drawing for Lions tickets for the team.

Any high school varsity athletic team in Michigan is eligible to participate. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds, and any registered Michigan voter, are eligible to serve as poll workers and will be compensated for their time. For more information visit

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