November 15, 2019
Overall turnout for college students reached 40.3 percent in the 2018 midterm election, a more than two-fold increase over 2014; this growth was greater than that of the general electorate and can be attributed to renewed efforts on the part of colleges and universities to prepare their students to engage in our democracy. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge believes that this success should be celebrated and recognized.
That is why on Tuesday, November 12, the ALL IN Challenge honored colleges and universities as well as individuals who demonstrated excellence in nonpartisan student voter engagement at a 300-person ceremony in Washington, DC. More than 30 awards were announced, including for the highest voting rates and standout students, faculty, administrators, and partners. CNN journalist Jim Acosta and the Washington Post’s Robert Samuels participated in a panel conversation about the role of the news media in a healthy democracy moderated by Maya Patel, a student at the University of Texas at Austin.
After reviewing 2018 student voting data submitted by participating campuses, the ALL IN Challenge declared that the New College of Florida, with a voting rate of over 64 percent, took the top honor of the Highest Voting Rate of all participating campuses. The College of Saint Benedict (MN) received the Champion Award for Most Increased Voting Rate with a 35.5 point increase in its voting rate from 2014 to 2018. The ALL IN Challenge also awarded 62 platinum seals to campuses with a voting rate above 50 percent in the midterm election and recognized the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a voter registration rate of 95 percent.