Mar 10, 2022
MTV’s first-of-its-kind research finds that 74% of colleges had no polling sites in 2020; 90% did not have in-person early voting options on campus
Innovative program will protect and place new polls at community colleges and universities for young voters who cite transportation and inconvenient location as top reasons for not voting
MTV, the global brand that pioneered youth voter engagement, announced today its 2022 election program Voting Early is Easier, designed to help young voters return to the ballot box following their record turnout in 2020. MTV partnered with a team of students working on their Duke University Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science program to study access to voting on college campuses, and early findings show that in 2020, in the 35 states where Election Day polling information is available, 74% of college campuses did not have in-person voting options on campus, affecting at least 6.6 million students. The research also found that the lack of access is more pronounced for students at 2-year community colleges than 4-year institutions.
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