At the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Mount Saint Mary’s received a gold seal for achieving a student rate between 40% and 49%. A full list of seal awardees can be viewed here.
“The Mount is proud to receive this national recognition of our efforts and our MSMU Votes initiative. These results would not have been possible without the hard work, passion and efforts of students, faculty and staff across the University,” said Dr. Rosalyn Kempf, MSMU Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs. “This is a testament to every member of the Mount community who educated themselves and others on candidates and issues, made their voice heard by casting their ballot, and encouraged others to participate in our democracy in various ways.”
Student participation in elections has increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. 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% to 40%.
Mount Saint Mary’s data reveals that the Mount’s student voting rate increased from 13.8% in 2014 to 48.4% in 2018. (The 2018 voting rate for all institutions was 39.1%.) The Mount’s student voter registration rate also increased, from 62.2% in 2014 to 76.9% in 2018. What’s more, the Mount’s voting rate of registered students in 2018 was 62.9%, up from 22.2% in 2014.
“We are excited to honor Mount Saint Mary’s University with an ALL IN Challenge gold seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “More institutions like Mount Saint Mary’s University are changing culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.
More than 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.