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About

UChiVotes is a student-led, non-partisan voter engagement initiative founded out of the Institute of Politics in August 2018 with the goal of boosting voter turnout and engagement on UChicago’s campus.

In the November 2018 midterm elections, we aimed to boost student registration to 70% and turnout to 40%. While we await final data on UChicago’s turnout rate, UChiVotes helped the University of Chicago take the top spot in TurboVote’s national rankings with over 80% of undergraduates registering to vote.

In the lead-up to Chicago’s municipal elections, we focused on ensuring that those who wanted to engage with the elections knew how to vote and had the information about the issues and candidates necessary to make an informed choice about the future of the city.

Now, UChiVotes turns its attention to the 2020 primary and general elections—and the remaining races across the country in 2019.

Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia are all holding elections this fall! Make sure you’re signed up for election updates.


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2019 Chicago Municipal Elections Team

Here’s the team that helped make UChiVotes’ efforts during the Chicago municipal elections a success.

Layla Al ∙ Katherine Clement ∙ Julia Du ∙ Jacob Toner Gosselin ∙ Joshua McKie ∙ Firouz Niazi ∙ Aliza Oppenheim ∙ Ridgley Knapp ∙ Julianna Rossi ∙ Olivia Shaw ∙ Dylan Stafford ∙ Emily Taft ∙ Dylan Wells ∙ Eric You ∙ Emily Young

Back Row Left to Right: Layla Al, Dylan Stafford, Firouz Niazi, Joshua McKie, Ridgley Knapp, Eric You  Front Row Left to Right: Katherine Clement, Dylan Wells, Aliza Oppenheim, Julianna Rossi

Back Row Left to Right: Layla Al, Dylan Stafford, Firouz Niazi, Joshua McKie, Ridgley Knapp, Eric You

Front Row Left to Right: Katherine Clement, Dylan Wells, Aliza Oppenheim, Julianna Rossi


A yard sign points students to UChicago’s first-ever early voting location on campus.

A yard sign points students to UChicago’s first-ever early voting location on campus.

2018 Midterm Elections Team

The success of UChiVotes’ efforts to turnout UChicago students in the November 2018 midterm elections was made possible by the unwavering support of Institute of Politics staff and the creativity and tireless efforts of our inaugural team. Here are some of the student leaders who made it possible.

Layla Al ∙ Brett Barbin ∙ Megha Bhattacharya ∙ Jonah Benning-Shorb ∙ Alessandro “Ale” Giovanni Clark-Ansani ∙ Katherine Clement ∙ Emily Feigenbaum ∙ Rory Gates ∙ Hannah Goss ∙ Jacob Toner Gosselin ∙ Ian Henson ∙ Ridgley Knapp ∙ Andrew Mamo ∙ Emily Moos ∙ Joshua McKie ∙ Melissa Navas ∙ Firouz Niazi ∙ Aliza Oppenheim ∙ Danielle Schmidt ∙ Angela Seeger ∙ Olivia Shaw ∙ Dylan Stafford ∙ Spencer Reed ∙ Dylan Wells ∙ Eric You ∙ Emily Young

Plus over 100+ voting ambassadors who helped register students across campus


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