The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge has recognized Bellarmine University as an ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting. The inaugural recognition, given to 394 colleges across the country, honors institutions for their efforts to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and student voting.
The ALL IN Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative urging colleges and universities to help their students form the habit of voting in every election. The challenge recognizes and supports campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and student voter turnout.
This year represented the second highest youth voter turnout rate for a midterm election in the past 30 years. Young people ultimately decided the outcomes of key races in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin.
“The research is clear, colleges and universities which make intentional efforts to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement have higher campus voter registration and voter turnout rates. Despite ongoing obstacles, these campuses have remained dedicated in their commitment to ensuring that their students are informed and confident voters,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Executive Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
In 2021, Bellarmine was also one of 234 universities in the nation—and one of only two in Kentucky—to be named a “Voter Friendly Campus” for making great strides in voter education and engagement despite hurdles posed by the pandemic.
To receive that designation, which was begun in 2016 by Campus Vote Project and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, universities submitted a report of their civic engagement work and results in the most recent general election cycle and created an action plan for upcoming years.
Check to see if your registration is up to date at allintovote.org.