College students needed for voter task force

Published: Aug. 19, 2019 at 2:32 PM EDT
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Task members are wanted to make recommendations for improving voter turn out among college students.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson put out the request for students to apply to the Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force.

Any student in Michigan who is currently attending a 2 or 4 year college or university can join.

The task force is non-partisan.

Those participating will take part in advising on the unique challenges encountered by voters ages 18 to 24, and then suggest changes to address those issues.

“Young people are the future of our democracy, and this task force is an important step toward ensuring their voices are heard on Election Day and beyond,” Benson said. “I look forward to working with students, faculty and administrators in the months ahead to empower the next generation of voters.”

Once on the task force, there will be three meetings to attend between September and November throughout the state. Any travel expenses will be reimbursed.

And in 2020, "students will work with the Secretary of State’s Office as civic engagement liaisons to their respective campuses."

Benson is looking for 20-25 students from colleges, community colleges and universities around Michigan to apply.

Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3 and can be completed


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