Rack the Vote
For the first time, voters aged 18 to 35 represent the largest voting bloc in the United States. When you vote, you have the power to shape policy and politics, and to prioritize what you care about. But according to data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, only 44.7% of eligible Michigan students voted in the 2016 presidential election, and only 41% voted in the 2018 midterm election. We can do better.
Don’t be fooled by thinking that your vote doesn’t count. In 2016 alone, more than 20,000 eligible University of Michigan students did not vote. The margin of victory for the state in the presidential election was 10,704 votes. Rack the Vote is a nonpartisan resource to direct members of the Rackham community to information that will help them navigate Michigan’s voting laws and make their voices heard. Look for #RackTheVote on social, and please use it to spread the word and encourage your friends to vote. Below is some information from michiganvoting.org.
Key Upcoming Dates
Absentee Ballots Now Available
Absentee ballots are now available at local clerks’ offices.
November 2, 2020
Absentee voter ballot may be requested at your township or city clerk’s office until 4:00 p.m.
Emergency absentee voter ballot requests may be submitted after 4:00 p.m.
November 3, 2020
Emergency absentee voter ballot requests must be submitted by 4:00 p.m.
Polls close at 8:00 p.m. You have the right to cast your vote if you are in line by 8:00 p.m.
In-person voter registration must be completed by 8:00 p.m.
Absentee voter ballots must be received by your township or city clerk by 8:00 p.m.
Student Mental Health Resources
Information to Manage Election-Related Stress
Engaging with the democratic process can be meaningful, but it can also be exhausting with heightened emotion and stress. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has put together some thoughts and strategies for coping and practicing self-care.
Wolverine Support Network
The Wolverine Support Network is a student-led peer support program developed by Central Student Government leaders in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Focused on well-being and civic engagement during the 2020 election season, a Wellness Coaching group has been designed to provide a virtual space to dialogue about the stressors of the university and political climate, and to develop self-care skills and coping mechanisms in order to remain mindfully involved in civic engagement while attending to the other dimensions of our lives.
The Big Ten Voting Challenge
The University of Michigan has partnered with TurboVote and the Big Ten Voting Challenge. Through TurboVote, you can sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, and apply for your absentee ballot. TurboVote is a tool outside of the University of Michigan computing environment; no student data is shared by the university in this process. Shape the issues that matter to you most.