The National Study of Learning, Voting, And Engagement (NSLVE) recently released the 2014 & 2018 Campus Report on Student Voting Rates. The report compares eligible student voters, registered student voters, and voting rate during the 2014 and 2018 mid-term elections. Both the registration and voting rate increased for University of Portland students in 2018 when compared to the 2014 mid-term elections. See the chart below for how UP voting rates compare to the national average for all institutions.
The 2018 UP student voting rate increased to 49.5%, a 21.7 percent increase from 2014. The total number of UP students who voted in 2018 was 1,974. Additionally, the registration rate for 2018 also rose to 78.9%. Of the total student enrollment in 2018, there were 3,991 eligible voters and 3,148 students who registered. See the chart below for the registration rates for UP student over the past four national elections.
“The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) is a signature initiative of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tisch College, Tufts University, The mission of IDHE is to shift college and university priorities and culture to advance in political learning, agency, and equity. We achieve our mission through research, resource, development, technical assistance, and advocacy.” To find out more about and keep up-to-date with IDHE, visit https://idhe.tufts.edu/nslve.
Institute for Democracy & Higher Education: National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement. (2019). 2014 and 2018 report for University of Portland. Medford, MA.
Institute for Democracy & Higher Education: National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement. (2016). 2012 and 2016 report for University of Portland. Medford, MA.