Chicago Campus Voting Challenge

About the Challenge:

The Chicago Campus Voting Challenge is a nonpartisan competition among higher education institutions in Chicago committed to increasing student voter participation and engagement for the November 3, 2020 general election.

There will be awards for both 4-year institutions and 2-year institutions, including  highest voter turnout, most improved voter turnout, and highest rate of voter registration –and based on student voter participation in the November 2020 election using data from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, (NSLVE).  America’s Urban Campus, Chicago’s consortium of higher education institutions, is facilitating this voting challenge in collaboration with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national nonpartisan nonprofit that works in partnership with numerous local and national nonpartisan nonprofit that supports more than 650 colleges and universities to institutionalize nonpartisan democratic engagement on campus.

Awards will be based on campuses' NSLVE reports generated by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University in Mass. Participation in the Chicago Challenge will automatically include participation in the national and Illinois ALL IN Challenge and awards competition. The Illinois Campus Voting Challenge is being run by Campus Compact Illinois. Institutions that opt into the challenge will be provided guidance and tools to create an action plan for increasing student engagement on their campus. There is no sign-up cost to participate.

If you have questions you can email Ryan Drysdale, associate director of the ALL IN Challenge (


How do I get involved?

School Administrators Complete the online form.

Students email

Chicago All In Voting Challenge Participants (as of September 30, 2020)