Low turnout has long been an issue on college campuses, with turnout amongst students regularly falling below national averages. According to Tisch College at Tufts University's NSLVE study, less than 50% of students voted in the 2016 presidential election. During the 2014 midterm elections, the numbers were even worse, as less than 13% of 18-21 year old college students voted.
The 2018 midterms bucked that trend, as student and young voter turnout surged to record highs, and EVC is working to maintain that momentum. In order to overcome voter apathy and reduce barriers that students face in getting to the ballot box, we are supporting a variety of campus initiatives designed to increase voter turnout.
From absentee ballot drives to on-campus "Pledge to Vote" competitions, our chapters are working to get students excited about making their voices heard.