Minnesota Secretary Of State - Democracy Cup 2022
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Democracy Cup 2022

Minnesota's Democracy Cup is the statewide collegiate voter turnout competition. Every two years, your campus and campuses across Minnesota can compete against one another to achieve the highest percentage of voting of those eligible to vote. The Democracy Cup fosters a concerted campus effort-- through friendly competition and a burst of civic-mindedness-- to get your student body out to vote.  

Whether your campus is two-year, four-year, public, or private, this competition will help increase voter registration and voting where you are and on campuses throughout the state.  

This effort is co-sponsored by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, LeadMN​ (student association for public two-year colleges), Students United (student association for four-year state universities), Minnesota Student Association (student government for the University of Minnesota), Minnesota Association of Private College Students and Minnesota Campus Compact.

Winners are determined by the college and university voting rate according to the National Student for Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) at Tufts University. The NSLVE is the largest study of student voter engagement with over 1,100 colleges and universities enrolled and has been tracking voting data since 2012.

No Sign-Up Needed (but we are here to help)!

  • We will be working with your administration on sharing NSLVE data on campus voter turnout, so you don't have to worry about it. Your job is to get people registered, educated, and GET OUT THE VOTE! (And it's our job to help you do that, so let us know how we can support you with ideas, resources, community partnerships, and moral support.)  Reach out at any time with questions, for resources, or for help brainstorming.

2020 Results

  • The 4-year public state university with the highest voter turnout is Winona State University with 73.8% of its students voting. 
  • The 4-year public university with the highest voter turnout is the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with 80.6% of its students voting. 
  • The 2-year public college with the highest voter turnout is Inver Hills Community College with 71.8% of its students voting. 
  • The 4-year private college with the highest voter turnout is St. Olaf College with 87.6% of its students voting.