McKendree University Recognized as a 2022 ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting

McKendree is one of 394 college students recognized for its efforts to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement in the 2022 election.

(LEBANON, Ill., November 17, 2022) – McKendree University has been recognized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) as a 2022 ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting. The ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting recognizes colleges and universities for making international efforts to increase student voter participation. McKendree 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.

“McKendree is proud to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Ann Collins, professor of political science, who leads the ALL IN Engagement Committee on campus. “The national ALL IN team has been instrumental in helping us as we strive to foster a climate of civic engagement on campus. Our students recognize that they have a voice in shaping policy in this country – and they are using it. They’re educating themselves on the issues and then voting. They know it’s important and that their vote counts.”

“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. We are excited to see what they continue to accomplish.”

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement. Campuses that join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge complete a set of action items, with the support of ALL IN Challenge staff, to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation on their campus. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge currently engages over 9 million students from more than 950 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

ABOUT 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.

ALL IN, in collaboration with over 960 higher education institutions, seeks to make participations in local, state, and federal elections a social norm, substantially increase the number of college students who are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis during and between elections, and not just at the polls, and make educating for democratic engagement on college campuses an accepted and expected part of the culture and curriculum so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills, behaviors and values needed to be an informed and active citizen.