One of the key projects of The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). The study uses records of more than 10 million college students from more than 1,000 institutions to create individualized reports by school on rates of student voter registration voting.
With the presidential elections just around the corner, now is a great time to read the NSLVE reports about Northeastern! You can read the report on the 2018 midterms and then compare the trends to the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections and anxiously await the breakdown of 2020 in a few more years.
In 2018, the Average Institutional Voting Rate (AIVR) among campuses in the study was 39.1 percent, nearly 20 percentage points higher than 2014’s average turnout rate of 19.7 percent. Turnout increases were widespread, with virtually all campuses seeing an increase over 2014. The voting rate of Northeastern students for midterm elections in 2018 was 42.6%, an increase by 24% since 2014. The voting rate in 2016 presidential elections was 56.9%, higher compared to the voting rate for all institutions participating in the study. As our students become more politically engaged, we expect that the 2020 presidential election will have a higher turnout.