Tennessee Secretary of State Announces College Voter Registration Contest Winners

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced today that Middle Tennessee State University, Northeast State Community College, and Carson-Newman University are the winners of this year’s Tennessee College Voter Registration Competition. More than 2,000 students registered to vote at the 48 schools participating in the September contest.

The Tennessee College Voter Registration Competition took place during September in honor of National Voter Registration Month. Every college and university in the state had the chance to compete by registering the most students to vote and to spread awareness of the campaign on social media using the hashtag #GoVoteTN, along with their school-specific hashtag. 

“Participation in the electoral process is essential to strong citizenship,” Secretary Hargett said. “I’m grateful for the nearly 50 Tennessee colleges and universities that participated in our annual competition. Congratulations to all of the students who played a part in registering their fellow students to vote.”

The winning schools - a 4-year public college/university, a 2-year community/junior college, and a private college/university - were selected based on the number of new students registered and their social media presence (both weighted by student enrollment) as well as their campus creativity in promoting the college voter registration drive.