In 2019, the All In Campus Democracy Challenge presented UD with a gold seal for excellence in student voter engagement because it achieved a voter participation rate of 40% to 49% during the 2018 Midterm Election. The ALL IN Challenge is a national competition for universities to increase voter engagement on college campuses.
To encourage schools to work at bettering turnout, Washington Monthly used the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) information to compile its fifth student voting honor roll. The listed schools met multiple criteria:
- Submitted an ALL IN action plan in 2018 and 2020
- Signed up to receive NSLVE data about their own campus registration and turnout rates
- Made both their 2016 and 2018 NSLVE data available to the public
- Demonstrated a repeated commitment to increasing student voting and been transparency about results
According to All In, 6.2 million students in 48 states participated in the challenge. UD was one of 169 campuses to receive a gold seal. A full list of seal awardees can be viewed at https://www.allinchallenge.org/seal-awardees/.
"We are so proud of our students for making this really remarkable change in voter registration and voter turnout," said Dr. Lindsay Hoffman, associate director of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware. "It can be hard for college students to vote when they are out of state or moving frequently, but the online registration system—Turbovote―has made it easier to register and get reminders about where and how to vote, no matter your home state. This national recognition wouldn't be possible without a dedicated group of faculty, staff, administrators, and students who are committed to increasing political and civic engagement at UD."
"We are excited to honor the University of Delaware with an ALL IN Challenge gold seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation," said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. "More institutions like UD are changing culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we've seen across the country."
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.
More than 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.
In its September/October 2018 issue, Washington Monthly named the University of Delaware one of only 58 colleges to meet all four criteria for commitment to encouraging voting by its students.