DCC Recognized for 2020 Voter Turnout

Nov. 12, 2021--Dutchess Community College has earned three awards from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation designed to increase college student voting rates. The challenge honors colleges and universities across the country that increased student voter engagement during the 2020 elections. 

DCC was recognized in three categories in the New York State Campus Voting Challenges section of the initiative: Highest Voter Registration - 2-year, the Highest Voter Turnout - 2-year, and the Most Improved Voter Turnout - 2-year. Awards given through state challenges are based on campuses’ National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) reports, a research study of the Institute for Democracy in Higher Education (IDHE) at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. 

Participants in the state challenges were automatically included in the national ALL IN Challenge and awards competition. In this section of the initiative, DCC was honored with a bronze seal, which recognized the College’s achievement in increasing the 2020 campus voting rate by 11.5% from 2016. 

According to NSLVE, the 2020 election cycle saw unprecedented voter registration and turnout among college students. The data indicates 66 percent of college students voted in the 2020 elections, a 14-point increase from 2016. There are currently 19 states participating in the ALL IN State Voting Challenges, encompassing more than 426 institutions enrolling 4.3 million students. 

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