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Benson announces 2022-2023 Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force
January 19, 2022
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today the application period to serve on the 2022-2023 Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force is now open to college and university students across the state. The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) will accept applications through Feb. 15, 2022, for this nonpartisan group aiming to improve youth voter engagement.
"One of the most important things citizens of every age can do this year is actively participate in our democracy, and this task force provides an excellent opportunity for our young people to do that," said Secretary Benson. "We look forward to hearing directly from task force members again about ways we can support and empower students at Michigan colleges and universities to fully understand their rights and how to exercise them."
The task force, first founded by Benson in 2019, brings together students from across the state who are passionate about civic engagement. Task force members will serve as liaisons between MDOS, their student body, school administrators and peers. The group will advise on the unique experiences and barriers to student voters, helping to ensure the voice of young people are heard in our state's elections. The task force will also develop and enact solutions to promote voter engagement and identify resources to implement solutions. Members are selected to serve for one calendar year from April 2022 until April 2023.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or university in Michigan and demonstrate a commitment to voting and enthusiasm for voter engagement through their past experience, answers to application questions, and an interview. A total of 20 to 25 students from around the state will be selected to serve, with no more than two students representing any one school. Students set to graduate during the tenure of the task force will not be considered.
Additional information, as well as the task force application, can be found at Michigan.gov/SOSStudentTaskForce. Students can also email Secretary@michigan.gov with questions or comments.
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