MSU Recognized in 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll

September 15, 2021

Michigan State University has been recognized in Washington Monthly’s 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll.

MSUVote, a non-partisan campus committee more than 20-years-old works to ensure students understand their rights and are registered to vote. Led by Co-Chairs Renee Brown and Suchitra Webster, MSUVote is made up of MSU faculty, staff and students. 

“The MSUVote Campus Coalition represents our students, faculty, staff and community partners,” Brown said. “We are honored by this recognition. MSU is committed to student voter engagement.”
 
Brown said this commitment is demonstrated through the time and effort of the coalition members who register people to vote, help educate others about the democratic process and ensure vote efforts are inclusive and accessible on the MSU campus.
 
“Thanks to community leaders, like East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Schuster, MSU President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., and Provost Teresa Woodruff, student voter engagement is at a record high,” Brown said, adding that MSU has a strong partnership with the All In Democracy Challenge, the Campus Vote Project and the Campus Election Engagement Project. “Our national partners have helped significantly in increasing voter engagement at MSU.”
 
Last year, the East Lansing City Clerk's office opened a second satellite location at the Hannah Community Center – located in the Bailey Neighborhood where a large student population lives off campus – to make it easier for off-campus students to register to vote. In addition, the Michigan Secretary of State office co-hosted an online student voter registration rally with MSUVote and MSU Athletics, where President Stanley, MSU Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Izzo and several MSU deans recorded videos encouraging people to vote.

MSU's recognition as one of the 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll comes just in time for National Voter Registration Day, Tueday, Sept. 28. According to the organization and based on 2020 U.S. Census data, as many as one in four eligible Americans are not registered to vote.

Learn more about voting rights and registering to vote at the MSUVote website.

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