The new Michigan Minds series, launched this month with Edie Goldenberg, Ford School professor, talking about the importance of students voting in the midterm election. The podcast and video series aim to provide “quick and informative analysis on top issues,” and with election day November 6, her perspective is particularly timely.
“Our whole representative democracy is based on the notion that voters can express their views at the polls. And if there are whole segments of the population that aren’t participating, their interests are just not going to be well represented,” she explained.
In her interview, she shares how the Big 10 Voting Challenge originated at U-M, when President Schlissel asked the other schools to join in a competition for highest percentage of eligible voters and the most improved percentage compared to the last midterm election in 2014.
Edie N. Goldenberg is a professor of political science and public policy. She served as dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts from 1989-98 and is the founding director of the Michigan in Washington Program. Her research interests include voting turnout of millennials, and in 2017 she founded a Michigan group called Turn Up Turnout (TUT).