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 and the 2020 election 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 the challenges and reduce the 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 and partners are working hard to get students excited about making their voices heard and to get their institutions to embrace the role they can play in turning out the student vote.