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Loyola receives democratic engagement award for increase in student voters from 2014 to 2018 elections

Loyola University Maryland

January 24, 2020


Loyola University Maryland received the Silver Seal Award at the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony for excellence in student voter engagement.

According to a study by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), Loyola experienced an increase in student voters from 13.9% in 2014 to 33.9% in 2018. The 20-point increase between the two election years helped Loyola receive the Silver Seal Award.

The study also showed an increase in the number of Loyola students who registered to vote from 65% in 2014 to 79.5% in 2018. An increase in the voting rate of students who registered to vote was also reported from 21.4% in 2014 to 42.6% in 2018. In-person voting and absentee ballots were the two most popular methods of voting by Loyola students in both election years.

“We are honored to be recognized with the schools who have achieved the Silver Seal Award,” said Elise Gower, associate director of programs for the Center for Community Service and Justice. “This recognition, as well as our NSLVE data, highlights Loyola’s commitment to civic engagement, and also serves as a call to action to support our students’ access to vote. Our university’s strategic plan prioritizes Ignatian citizenship and the ‘promotion of thoughtful and active civic and global engagement among all members of our community.’ In living out our mission and core values, we urge all members of our community to be informed and to vote.”