The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates and, for interested campuses, a closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting.
Our student voting rate in the 2012 Presidential Election was 43% and the student voting rate in the 2014 midterm election was 6%. Based on the extremely low rates reported in the 2014 NSLVE Report, the campus responded by creating the Task Force on Voter Engagement. The Task Force developed a plan to improve voter registration and implemented the SUNY Geneseo Voter Registration and Engagement Plan in the spring and fall of 2016.
In 2016, the voter registration and voter education efforts resulted in increased numbers and percentages across all three sets of data (registration rates, voting rates of registered students, and voting rates for all enrolled students). In terms of numbers, there were 482 more students who registered to vote and 680 more students who voted. The percentage of females voting increased by 16.6% from 2012 to 2016 and the percentage of males voting increased 14.1% from 2012 to 2016. By field of study, the three highest voting rates were 73.0% in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; 61.6% in education; and 64.4% in Visual and Performing Arts. By field of study, the three lowest voting rates were 42.1% for Business, Management and Marketing; 48.1% for Biological and Biomedical; and 45.7% in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities.
The SUNY Geneseo voting rate for students who were registered to vote was 54.6% in 2012 and 63.9% in 2016, an increase of 9.3%. In 2012, 42.6% of the 5,350 enrolled students voted and in 2016, 53.6% of the 5,553 students voted, an increase of 11.0%.
Please browse the documents shared below for all additional information from the NSLVE report: