NC Campus Voting Challenge

The North Carolina Campus Voting Challenge is a free nonpartisan competition between higher education institutions in North Carolina with a commitment to increasing student voter participation and engagement on campuses across the state. The awards are presented biennially. State awards will be presented again in 2023.

North Carolina Campus Compact and You Can Vote are facilitating this voting challenge in collaboration with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a nonprofit organization that empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellent in nonpartisan student democratic engagement.

There are currently four award categories:

  1. Highest Voter Registration Rate Award
  2. Most Improved Voter Turnout Award
  3. Highest Voter Turnout Award
  4. Best Campus Democratic Engagement Action Plan Award (2-year institution; 4-year institution)


Any accredited, degree-granting, post-secondary institution may join and there is no cost to participate. Participation in the North Carolina Challenge will automatically include participation in the national ALL IN Challenge and awards competition.

  1. Complete the online form 
  2. Convene a campus-wide voting coalition – A campus-wide voting coalition will develop and implement a democratic engagement action plan. This coalition should include students, faculty, and student affairs staff. You may also choose to include community/national organizations and local Boards of Elections staff.  Find your local BOE.
  3. Develop an Action Plan. The voting coalition develops an action plan that guides increased engagement on campus. The ALL IN Challenge has example action plans, guidelines, rubrics, webinars, and other resources available. Share your action plan with the campus community and submit to the ALL IN Challenge to be eligible to earn national awards.
  4. Share your data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) generated by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University. Every two years, participating institutions receive a detailed campus voter registration and voter turnout report from NSLVE. Campuses share their NSLVE report with the ALL IN Challenge to be eligible to earn state and national recognition. There is no cost to participate in NSLVE and the study is compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).Check here to see if your campus has already authorized NSLVE.

 If you have questions you can email Ryan Drysdale, assistant director of the ALL IN Challenge (ryan {at} civicnation(.)org).

2020 Winners

2020 North Carolina Campus Voting Challenge Award Winners

  • Highest Voter Registration Award: Appalachian State University
  • Most Improved Voter Turnout Award: Wake Forest University
  • Highest Voter Turnout Award: Meredith College
  • Best Campus Democratic Engagement Action Plan Award, 2-year Institution: Davidson-Davie Community College
  • Best Campus Democratic Engagement Action Plan Award, 4-year Institution: University of North Carolina at Asheville & East Carolina University (tied)