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UNC Students Recognized Nationally for Voting in 2018

Earlier voting information booth

November 12, 2019

Platinum campus voting rate badgeStudent participation in elections continues to increase at the University of Northern Colorado, with 53% of UNC students voting in the 2018 midterm election.

UNC’s turnout, above the national average, resulted in recognition from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan initiative that supports efforts to increase turnout.

In 2018, over 6,300 UNC students voted — an increase of over 16-percentage points from 2014 when 2,313 UNC students voted.

According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% in the 2014 midterm election to 40% in the 2018 midterm election.

UNC Students and the 2018 Election:

  • Over 78% of students registered to vote in 2018, an increase of six-and-a-half percentage points compared to 2014.
  • Over 82% of students mailed in their ballots, which was the most popular method followed by voting in person (12.7%).
  • Graduate students had a voting rate of almost 59%
  • Undergraduate students in 2018 had a voting rate of 48%
    • Juniors and seniors: 52%
    • Sophomores: 49%
    • Freshmen: 42%
  • Among the fields of study with the highest voting rate were history (63.6%) and education (59.4%).

Read the entire report (PDF)