New data shows student turnout triples for 2018 midterm elections

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 12:47pm

A new study shows that 41 percent of University students voted in the 2018 midterm elections, compared with a 14 percent turnout rate for the 2014 midterms.

A new study shows that 41 percent of University students voted in the 2018 midterm elections, compared with a 14 percent turnout rate for the 2014 midterms. Buy this photo
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New data shows voter turnout for the 2018 midterm elections tripled compared to turnout for the 2014 midterms for University of Michigan students.

According to the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, 41 percent of University students voted in the 2018 midterm elections, compared with a 14 percent turnout rate for the 2014 midterms. A total of 15,800 students voted in the 2018 election, while only 5,282 voted in 2014.

The University’s 2018 voter turnout rate exceeds the national average of 40 percent for student turnout. 

The Big Ten Voting Challenge, led by the University’s Ginsburg Center, seeks to increase student voter turnout at Big Ten universities. Results from the challenge, based on which university has the largest turnout rate, will be released later this month.