Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson this week said she’s forming a Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force and is seeking 20 to 25 members.
The panel is open to Michigan student attending a two- or four-year higher education institution. Task force members will be selected by members of the Department of State’s Election Modernization Advisory Committee and Secretary of State staff leadership.
The group will make recommendations for improving voter engagement among college students and offer perspectives on implementing Michigan’s voting rights constitutional amendment, Proposal 3, which passed in 2018.
“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.
The task force will meet three times this fall between September and November in locations throughout the state, with final recommendations submitted to Benson in November. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. In 2020, students will work with the Secretary of State’s Office as civic engagement liaisons to their respective campuses.
Applicants must fill out an online application and submit their resumes, demonstrating a commitment to voting, enthusiasm for the work and the ability to engage with the Secretary of State’s office and their communities through the November 2020 election. Applications are due by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, and can be completed here.