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Big Ten Voting Challenge

About the ChallengeBig Ten, Voting, Challenge

The Big Ten Voting Challenge will help to mobilize registration and turnout efforts at all 14 Big Ten universities. The challenge begins Sunday September 17, 2017 and runs through November 6, 2018.

What's At Stake

One of the most important values we teach at our universities is the importance of civic engagement. Voting in elections gives students a voice in the democratic process and in the decisions that affect local, state, and national issues. The Big Ten Voting Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative to encourage students to exercise their right to vote, which is among the most fundamental opportunities to be an active and engaged citizen.

Trophies will be awarded to the university with the highest eligible voter turnout rate, and the school with the most improved voter turnout (relative to its 2014 data).

We hope you will join this effort by getting involved, registering, voting and encouraging others to do the same!

How to Participate


Every student at The Ohio State University who is a citizen of the United States of America has the right to register to vote in Franklin County using their campus address.

You can register to vote in Ohio or update your voter registration by visiting:


Save the date for upcoming elections in Central Ohio:

  • Tuesday November 7, 2017 (Register by October 10th)

TurboVote also allows you to sign-up for Election Day text/email reminders!

Upcoming Events

Look for us on Tuesday September 26th! OSU Votes will be participating in National Voter Registration Day activities. We'll be on the Oval from 1-3pm and in the Ohio Union Great Hall from 5-7pm, promoting student voter registration.

Interested in Getting Involved?OSU Votes

Consider joining OSU Votes! OSU Votes is a student-led movement to register, educate and encourage other students to vote. This nonpartisan group fosters civic engagement at The Ohio State University. OSU Votes ambassadors will be key players in the efforts to win the Big Ten Voting Challenge!


Franklin County Board of Elections - Elections Information

Big Ten Voting Challenge - Letter from the Presidents

2016 Ohio State NSLVE Data

2014 Ohio State NSLVE Data

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The Ohio State University has been designated a "Voter Friendly Campus" for 2017-2018.