Ohio Northern University earns ‘Voter Friendly Campus’ designation
Led by Institute for Civic and Public Policy’s (ICAPP) campus voting initiatives, the work has resulted in ONU’s designation as a Voter Friendly Campus, a fourth annual program led by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. ICAPP student Fellows, led by institute director and political science professor Robert Alexander, Ph.D., worked with organizers to set goals, submit a statement of interest, form a coalition, draft an action plan.
“Your institution’s efforts, even during a non-national election year, to break down barriers and empower students with the information and tools they need to participate in the political process led to tremendous youth voter turnout and opened the door to lifelong civic engagement for your students,” the Voter Friendly Campus team wrote.
Additionally, Livonia, Michigan native Nicholas Maccani, an ONU junior majoring in political science and Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellow, was one of 175 college students across the nation named to ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge’s 2023 ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll, which showcases students doing outstanding work to advance nonpartisan democratic engagement at participating campuses. This honor roll recognized students for their voter registration, education and turnout efforts ahead of last year’s historic midterm elections.
“The 2022 midterm elections saw one of the highest youth turnout rates for a midterm election in the past 40 years — an estimated 23 percent of young people ages 18 to 29 turned out to vote,” ALL IN noted.