Democracy Counts 2020

One of the core measures of effective citizenship is being productively engaged through activities like volunteering and voting. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, launched in 2013, uses available records to track the voter participation for U.S. college students from 2- and 4-year institutions, undergraduate and graduate populations.

Democracy Counts 2020 contains findings around student voter turnout during the 2020 election. According to the report, 66% of American students voted in the 2020 election, which was up 14 points from the 2018 election and in line with the national voting rate of 67%. This research is complex, but offers insights into civic engagement trends on campus, providing stories from campuses across the country and data around civic engagement efforts across academic disciplines.

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