Governor’s Student Voter Registration Challenge

Gov. Jay Inslee has launched the Governor’s Student Voter Registration Challenge in partnership with Secretary of State Kim Wyman. The goal of the challenge is simple – to register as many eligible students as possible before the Nov. 6 General Election.

“We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to make their voices heard,” Inslee said. “We want to boost not only the number of young registered voters, but also the percentage of those registered voters who cast a ballot on or before Election Day.”

The challenge asks all of Washington’s public higher education institutions to participate: 34 community and technical colleges and six, four-year universities. The competition categories are as follows:

  • Community and technical colleges with the highest percentage of new registrations and updated registration information (change of address, change of name, etc.).
  • Community and technical colleges with the highest overall percentage of students registered to vote (includes students who were previously registered before the challenge began).
  • Four-year universities with the highest percentage of new registrations and updated registration information (change of address, change of name, etc.).
  • Four-year universities with the highest overall percentage of students registered to vote (includes students who were previously registered before the challenge began).

The winning teams will be invited to Olympia for lunch at the Governor’s Executive Residence and will receive recognition on the governor’s social media.

Next Steps:

Start organizing a student team with a school administrator to lead this effort on your campus. By Wednesday, Aug. 1, participating schools must register their campus team with the Governor’s Office by emailing RaShelle Davis at rashelle.davis@gov.wa.gov

Participating schools will be provided resources to help track their voter registration efforts.

Timeline:

June 11 – Inslee and Wyman announce the Governor’s Student Voter Registration Challenge

June 11 to July 31 – School leaders create campus teams, voter registration plan, and register the school team with the Governor’s Office

Aug. 1 – Deadline for school registration with the Governor’s Office

Aug. 2 – Participating schools will be listed on this page and schools begin the Governor’s Student Voter Registration Challenge

Aug. 7 – Inslee and Wyman host conference call for participating schools

Sept. 25 – National Voter Registration Day

Oct. 8 – Deadline for online voter registration, address change, and other updates for the Nov. 6 election

Oct. 29 – Deadline for in-person new Washington state voter registration for the Nov. 6 election

Nov. 6 – Election Day

Nov. 30 – Winning schools announced

Useful Resources:

Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Website: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx