The University of Minnesota Morris received a platinum seal for achieving a student voting rate above 50% at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony. Student voting on the Morris campus was up to 51.4% in 2018., more than 12 percentage points above the national average. Results were gathered from the 2018 midterm election. Morris Campus Student Association President Sam Rosemark said young people are voting at record rates and Morris students “will continue the momentum into 2020.”
Every University of Minnesota campus saw turnout above the nationwide on-campus average of 39.1% in 2018: turnout was 58.7% at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 48.2% at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and 44.3% at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The University of Minnesota Rochester is combined with the Twin Cities campus under this metric. Systemwide, the University of Minnesota’s voting rate in 2018 was 56.1%.
Nationwide, student participation in elections increased from the 2014 midterm election to the 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased from 19% to 40%.