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UMSL Cites Highest Student Voter Turnout

August 08, 2018 - 9:17 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The University of Missouri St. Louis is claiming a place in the history books.  According to a study by Tufts University, in the presidential election of 2016, 67.4 percent of UNSL students voted. That's the highest turnout of college students on any campus in the country.   

So how did they do it?   Associate teaching professor in the political science department Dr. Anita Manion says they've been intentional. From the Ferguson protests and riots to the Stockley verdict, student organizations, republican and democrat as well as campus departments like education and health have worked to inform students about the issues through panels, forums, class discussions and voter registration drives. A civic engagement coalition was formed several years ago to coordinate all those efforts.

“We also asked folks to make a plan, and that’s one thing that’s been actually proven to help people make it to the polls. Not to abstractly say ‘I’m going to vote’, but to say ‘I’m going to vote Tuesday before class,’ or ‘ I know I have a babysitter at this time,’  so to actually have a plan of action that will help get them to the polls"

She says they are so intentional about presenting both sides. They postponed a panel on voter id laws until they could get both sides to appear.