ERIC Number: ED485293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Your Vote, Your Voice. National Campus Voter Registration Project Organizing Handbook, 2004
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Campus voter registration and education programs are powerful and proven tools for building voter participation. Young people who go to college are far more likely to vote than their peers who do not. U.S. Census Bureau data on the 2000 general election show that those with bachelor?s degrees were twice as likely to vote (75 percent) as were those who had not completed high school (38 percent). And a 2003 study by Harvard University?s Institute of Politics found that, while just 32 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds vote, 86 percent of 18-to 24-year-olds attending college say they definitely or probably will vote. The Harvard study also notes that, with 9.5 million 18- to 24-year-olds attending college, this group represents a potentially influential voting bloc.
Descriptors: Voting, Higher Education, College Students, Citizen Participation, Student Participation, Elections, Politics, Mass Media Use, College Role
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-785-8866; Fax: 202-835-0003; Web site: www.naicu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - General
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.