Survey Shows 96% Of GC Students Are Registered to Vote
Updated: Jan 19, 2021
The Record | Goshen College Campus Newspaper, Emmalene Rupp:
In the survey, only 10 students said they were not yet registered to vote, and one person was unsure of their registration status.
According to the Campus Vote Project, Millennials and Gen Z make up the largest sector of eligible voters.
In 2014, it was adults ages 18-29 that made up 21% of eligible voters. However, this group which includes many traditional college students has not had that same presence in the actual electorate due to low voter turnout.
Many of the current trends we see at Goshen and other higher education institutions began in 2016 when more students were going to the polls.
Compared with the 2012 presidential election, student voting rose 9.1 points to 61.5%. White female undergraduates and multiracial students led the surge in new voters.
But the boom in student voting wasn’t over yet.
Even though midterm voting rates are historically lower than presidential election rates, the 2018 midterms saw a comparative rise in student voting.
From 2014 to 2018, the national average among higher education institutions rose from 19.7% to 39.1%.
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