IWU wins “BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge”

Launched on National Voter Registration Day, the “BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge” ran from Sept. 22 through Oct. 18, the last day to register to vote online in Illinois. (Twitter/Illinois Wesleyan)

 

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois Wesleyan University topped Illinois State University and Heartland Community College to win the “BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge.”

The challenge was a friendly competition between the three campuses to encourage voter engagement.

Altogether, 695 Illinois Wesleyan students –– 42% of the student body –– registered to vote by Oct. 18, ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Meanwhile, Illinois State saw 636 students register (3% of the student body) along with 68 Heartland students (1.5% of the student body).

“The IWU Athletics Department is largely to thank for our excellent registration numbers, as they’ve worked hard to ensure all 550+ of our student-athletes are registered and ready to vote,” said Illinois Wesleyan Action Research Center Coordinator Bevin Choban.

Launched on National Voter Registration Day, the “BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge” ran from Sept. 22 through Oct. 18, the last day to register to vote online in Illinois.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

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