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Creative Campus Voting Project Wins Design Award

A pony tailed student drops an absentee ballot into a mail box. This image also contains the SEGD Global Design Awards logo.

Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sors Stephanie Row­den and Han­nah Smotrich were rec­og­nized in the 2021 SEGD Global Design Awards for their Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Satel­lite Office.

The project was com­mended by the jury as a remark­able ini­tia­tive designed for first-time vot­ers” in which the use of thought­ful design trans­forms an unfa­mil­iar expe­ri­ence into an easy and wel­com­ing one.”

The award coin­cides with a recent announce­ment by the National Study of Learn­ing, Vot­ing, and Engage­ment (NSLVE) — the pre­em­i­nent research on cam­pus vot­ing— that the UM-Ann Arbor cam­pus had a dra­matic increase in stu­dent voter par­tic­i­pa­tion in 2020. Our cam­pus rate rose 17.7% from 2016, and, at 78% par­tic­i­pa­tion, was well above the national aver­age of 66%.

Learn more about the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Satel­lite Office and explore Row­den and Smotrich’s multi-year research and cre­ative prac­tice effort: Cam­pus Cre­ative Vot­ing Project.