Secretary of State
What is the High School Varsity Challenge?
Democracy is a team sport, and we are hosting this Challenge to encourage high school students on varsity teams to take on a leadership role and recruit their teammates and classmates to be poll workers. Any high school varsity team can participate to help make a difference for your community and our democracy!
How Do We Win?
The winner of the challenge is the team that has recruited the most poll workers by the end of the challenge. The winning team will be recognized by the Michigan Department of State and featured on our website. Any team that recruits more than 50 poll workers will be entered into a random drawing to receive tickets to the Lions game. Students who are 16 or -17 years old are not able to vote, however, they ARE able to sign up for this important Challenge and get paid to be a poll worker.
How To participate:
STEP 1: Commit Your High School Team
Athletic Directors reach out to their school’s varsity football coaches about the challenge. They explain that Democracy is a team sport and the MVP on election day are the poll workers and that their players can lead their school to be an important part of democracy.
STEP 2: Work With Varsity Coaching Staff To Assemble Your Team
Coaches meet with their team and discuss the challenge. In addition, explain why Democracy is a team sport and that the MVP of election day are poll workers and how their role in this challenge is so important to upholding our Democracy.
STEP 3: Develop Your Action Plan
Teams will need to register as Democracy MVP’s under their school or team name on the Democracy MVP sign-up form. [ This is how we will track each recruitment number] In addition, the team should identify another varsity school they want to challenge.
STEP 4: Time for The Snap
It’s time for the team to put their plan to action! The team should record a message that indicates they have accepted the challenge and who they are challenging.
STEP 5: The Final Push
Participate in the Democracy MVP Event hosted by the SOS a week before the election.
STEP 6: Be Recognized
All participants will we recognized for joining the challenge. Schools will be added to the Secretary of States partnership website. After the November General Election, our team will tally up the numbers and announce the winner of the challenge shortly after.
What is Democracy MVP?
Election workers, the Most Valuable Players of our democracy, ensuring open and fair elections for all. Right now, our democracy needs election workers more than ever. Serving as an election worker is a paid position, and all election workers are trained on proper protocols.
During the coronavirus crisis, election workers are needed to assist clerks and count ballots. They will serve at polling places, and will adhere to strict public health guidelines, including exercising social distancing, using sanitary equipment, and maintaining strong hygiene to protect themselves and others from coronavirus transmission.
FAQ about Democracy MVP
Public Engagement Associate
Michigan Department of State
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson