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U-M profs think redesigned polling places could attract young voters

Officials at the University of Michigan are seeing success with a new approach to attracting young voters to the polls. It all involves the design of the polling places.

The concept of theCreative Campus Voting Project is to offer a hands-on, interactive voting experience that might attract young, new voters.

A city clerk’s satellite office was designed in the University of Michigan Museum of Art in 2020. A similar satellite clerk’s office was added in the Duderstadt Gallery on North Campus this year.

U-M Art and Design professor, Stephanie Rowden, is a co-creator of the Voting Project.

“We’re designing an experience that we hope is welcoming, clear, nonpartisan, and maybe even a little joyful and delightful.

Rowden says the voting design appear to be a success with the art museum attracting some 5,000 new voters in 2020 during the height of the pandemic.

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