Recently, Mid Michigan College, was named a Voter Friendly Campus, one of 258 campuses in 38 states and the District of Columbia by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
The initiative recognizes institutions that have planned and implemented practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2022 elections and in coming years.
The mission of the 2023 Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster colleges' and universities’ efforts to help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process – every year, not just during years featuring federal elections.
Mid was evaluated based on a written plan for how we planned to register, educate, and turn out student voters in 2022, how we facilitated voter engagement efforts on our campus and a final analysis of our efforts.
“The process of educating and encouraging student voters was meaningful and motivating,” shared Jacob Hamric, Social Sciences Faculty and Mid Votes Coordinator at Mid. “We believe in helping our students understand their world so they can actively participate and advocate for themselves and others.”
As part of Mid’s effort to be designated a Voter Friendly Campus, the Mid Votes team focused on sharing non-partisan information about local issues and helping students register to vote.
The institutions designated Voter Friendly Campuses represent a wide range of two-year, four-year, public, private, rural, and urban campuses, collectively serving over 3.5 million students. Notably, the list of designated institutions includes 49 Minority Serving Institutions and 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as 41 Community Colleges.