NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett today announced the University of Memphis, Tusculum University, and Walters State Community College as the winners of this year’s Tennessee College Voter Registration Competition. Nearly 3,000 students registered to vote during September as part of the contest.
The Tennessee College Voter Registration Competition took place during the month of September in honor of National Voter Registration Month. Every college and university in the state was encouraged to compete to register 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.
“Getting more young people engaged in the political process is essential to our goal of increasing voter participation across the Volunteer State,” said Hargett. “I am pleased with the nearly 40 Tennessee colleges and universities who chose to participate in our competition - and proud of our three winning schools who emerged from this spirited competition. The real winner in this competition is the State of Tennessee which benefits from young people who are becoming engaged citizens.”
The winning schools include a 4-year public college/university, a private college/university, and a 2-year community college,- 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.