About Illini Vote

The Illini Vote initiative is the University of Illinois’ home base for civic engagement, voting, and supporting democracy. Run by students for students in the Office of Civic Life, we are here to support you to become an engaged Illini and foster a community of civic engagement here on campus. As a part of our efforts, we host workshops, produce resources, and connect students with the information they need to feel confident at the ballot box, in the classroom, and while serving the community.

Illini Vote works closely with community partners and other agencies, including the League of Women Voters, the Champaign County Clerk’s Office, university faculty and staff, and more.


Join the Illini Vote Team!

Illini Vote logo in shield shape with illustration of Alma Mater statue at bottom

The Office of Civic Life is seeking student leaders (undergraduate or graduate) to assist with promoting civic engagement and voter participation among students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as Illini Vote Ambassadors.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Event Coordination
  2. Creation of Social Media Content and Marketing Materials to promote voter engagement and civic education (Ex. Instagram, Reddit, TikTok)
  3. Community Outreach
  4. Work with students and staff in individual colleges to host and attend voter engagement events.
  5. Attend weekly one-hour Illini Vote team meetings to discuss progress, share ideas, and coordinate upcoming initiatives.

Check out the full position description.

Ready to apply? Head to the Illini Vote Ambassador application now! The form will close April 19, 2024.


Big Ten Voting Challenge

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge has been encouraging colleges and universities since 2016 to make plans and to take action to increase nonpartisan student civic learning, political engagement, and – especially – voter participation. Over 600 campuses have risen to this challenge and institutional voting rates for colleges and universities have increased exponentially between elections.

The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. By recognizing colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates, the Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, make democratic participation a core value on their campus, and cultivate generations of engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.

What is the Big 10 Challenge?

Initiated 2017 by The Edward Ginsberg Center at the University of Michigan, to spark student interest in civic and democratic engagement, the Big 10 Challenge has two goals, engage more students in the civic education and increase the number of college students who participate in the democracy through voter registration and voter turn-out. Winning the challenge will be determined by:

  1. The campus with the greatest overall turnout, and
  2. The campus with the greatest growth in turnout