SUNY Geneseo Recognized for Achieving High Student Voting Rate During Presidential Election

GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo has received recognition for demonstrating a voter turnout rate higher than the national average for college students in the 2008 presidential election.

Tufts University awarded Geneseo an honorable mention in its 2008 Campus Votes Challenge for achieving a turnout of an estimated 65 percent. Geneseo was among more than 40 undergraduate colleges and universities across the nation who participated and one of 15 to receive an honorable mention. Tufts calculated the national average for voter turnout among all 18-24 year-old college students to be 59.7 percent.

"Much of the credit for Geneseo's good response goes to student organizers who strongly encouraged their fellow students to register and vote," said Tom Matthews, director of Geneseo's Leadership Education, Development and Training program. "They organized candidate forums, residence hall functions related to the election and did a great job of mobilizing students in getting them interested in selecting the next leader of our country."

Voting rates for the contest were calculated with assistance from students at participating institutions, who gave permission to have their votes verified against the public voter records by an independent, third-party organization. The records only indicate whether or not an individual voted and do not include how a person voted.


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