Why Student Voting Matters
Young adults (ages 18-29) made up about 21% of the voting eligible population in 2014, but voter turnout for this demographic has reached record lows in recent years. In midterm elections like last year and in off-year elections like 2015, local offices are on the ballot and can be decided by a matter of a few votes. Local offices and issues have a direct impact on a student’s home and college community. Officials make decisions on topics like student debt, funding for higher education, and the economy.
Young people have the power to make a difference. An important way to achieve this is to make their voices heard at the polls on Election Day.
Percentage 18- to 24-year-olds who cast a ballot in the 2014 elections.
Out-of-state students, in particular, may not have the identification necessary to vote. Colleges and universities are uniquely situated to help. Download the best practices guide to get started!