Connecticut College Recognized for Student Electoral Engagement

New London ― The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, an initiative by nonprofit Civic Nation to increase civic engagement on college campuses, has recognized Connecticut College in its inaugural ALL IN Most Engaged program Campuses for College Student Voting.

Connecticut College was one of 394 nationally recognized schools and four in Connecticut, also including Quinnipiac University, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University.

The nonpartisan Center for Civic Learning and Engagement Information and Research, based at Tufts University, estimates that 27% of people aged 18-29 voted this election, making it the second highest midterm youth turnout in nearly three decades.

Requirements for ALL IN recognized campuses included submitting a 2022 Democratic Engagement Plan and sharing a 2020 report with campus voting data. The report comes from National Study on Learning, Voting and Engagementwhich obtains data by matching registration records with public voting files.

According to college action planimplemented by its Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, 50.8% of enrolled students and 41.5% of all students voted in 2018. Women’s vote rate was 15 percentage points higher to that of men, a disparity Conn said he would try to address through targeted programs and partnerships.

Rebecca McCue, director of community engagement and operations at the Holleran Center, said Connecticut College doesn’t yet have numbers for 2022. The plan looks at the electoral landscape in 2018 and 2020 and outlines where the college wants to go. from there.

“We’ve still done voter registration, but it hasn’t been as thorough as it has been in the past two years,” McCue said.

Emma Pyles, ambassador for the Holleran Center’s nonpartisan camel voting initiative, said that in addition to students setting up information tables on National Voter Registration Day, there were four other filing events throughout the semester at the library or university center.

McCue and Pyles said some of the groups they have become involved with include CC Democrats, CC Republicans and Conservatives, the Student Government Association, the Women in Politics Club, the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Connecticut College Athletics.

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