Clemson University has been recognized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge as a 2022 ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting. Clemson is one of more than 950 member institutions with the ALL IN effort, which represents all 50 states and nearly 10 million student participants.
The ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting recognizes colleges and universities for making intentional efforts to increase student voter participation. The University joins a group of 394 colleges and universities recognized by ALL IN for completing these four actions:
- Participate in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
- Shared 2020 NSLVE Reports with campus voting data with ALL IN
- Developed and submitted a 2022 democratic engagement action plan with ALL IN
- Have a current signatory to ALL IN’s Higher Education Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation.
The Clemson Votes: Democracy in Action coalition seeks to initiate and sustain broad-based, nonpartisan efforts that improve the democratic engagement of the University’s student population, graduates and undergraduates.
Clemson Votes co-lead Bridget Trogden says at Clemson, cross-campus action planning is making a difference in voter education on campus. Four years ago, she helped create Clemson Votes as a partnership across student affairs and academic affairs with the goal of improving student voter and democratic engagement.
This year, one of the efforts undertaken by the University included a class of Clemson University Honors College students who developed social media tools to help change that leading up to November’s midterms. Students taking a first-year Honors seminar on the role of citizenship in a democracy used voting research to create infographics encouraging their fellow students to vote, and then shared them widely across campus.
Clemson students tend to vote more on average compared to their counterparts in other colleges. 72% of Clemson students voted in 2020, compared with 66% of college students nationwide.
– National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement
“College student voter turnout has increased since 2016, and this increase has been driven by students. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is excited to expand our ALL IN-Student Voting Honor Roll to recognize these student voting champions across the country,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
“These students registered voters, served on their campus voting coalitions, spearheaded voter education efforts, advocated for campus polling locations and organized other voter engagement efforts to ensure their peers were confident and informed voters.”Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) is a national nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives to change civic culture and institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs on college campuses, making voter participation a defining feature of campus life.