Students at the Polls
- Civic Engagement
- Colleges & Universities
- Democracy & Governance
With the 2020 primary in full swing, college campuses are full of conversations about politics, policy, and the future of American democracy. But many of these college students don’t turn out when it actually matters, on Election Day. In fact, in the last presidential election, only around half of all young voters came out to the polls. In this archive episode, Dr. Nancy Thomas explores what gets students to vote and how college administrators, faculty members, and students can improve voting rates on their campuses.
This episode originally aired on October 11, 2018.
- Check out the report co-authored by Thomas, Election Imperatives
- Read her interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Here’s How Colleges Can Get More Involved in Elections -- and Not Just the Midterms
- Visit the website for the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University
- Check out a Washington Post story about their 2018 midterm election report showing that rates among college students doubled