Institute for Democracy and Higher Education

Newly Released – National Report on College Student Voting

Posted on September 24, 2019

IDHE’s national report is out. Democracy Counts 2018: Increased Student and Institutional Engagement reports that student voting rates doubled in 2018 to 40%, a full 21 percentage points higher than in the last midterm, 2014. This is a stunning testament to the commitment to democratic learning and participation by institutional leaders, students, national associations, and civic organizations.  The 2014-2018 NSVR increase of 21% exceeded the 13.6% increase among the general population. In addition, 99% of campuses participating in NSLVE saw an increase in their voting rates. Women continued to consistently vote at higher rates than men, and the group that saw the most gains were Hispanic students.

The Institute of Democracy & Higher Education is excited about these findings and hopes that campuses share the report widely while implementing the ten recommendations in its report Election Imperatives.

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