McKendree is Among Best Colleges for Student Voting in 2021

(LEBANON, Ill., September 10, 2021) – The Washington Monthly has named McKendree University to its “Best Colleges for Student Voting 2021” list. This is the second year in a row that McKendree has been named to the list.

A total of 205 schools made the sixth student voting honor roll list this year, 47 more than in 2020. According to the Washington Monthly, “for the first time since the U.S. let 18-year-olds vote, more than half of all 18- to 24-year-olds cast ballots. The 51.4 percent of young people who voted blows the 2016 mark – 39.4 percent – out of the water. In fact, the increase in youth voting is one of the most striking shifts among any demographic.”

The Washington Monthly used information from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and information from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) to compile its sixth student voting honor roll. The non-partisan ALL IN works with institutions to develop school-specific student voting action plans. NSLVE, based at Tufts University, objectively examines student and institution-level data on student voting, calculates registration numbers and turnout rates, and shares the data with participating schools to track their progress.

To make the honor roll, schools must meet multiple criteria, which include submitting an ALL IN action plan in 2018 and 2020, signing up to receive NSLVE data about their campus voter registration and turnout rates, and making their 2016 and 2018 NSLVE data available to the public.