CCAC Commits to 100% Student Voter Registration and Participation
Dr. Quintin Bullock, president of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), has joined more than 450 college presidents and chancellors in committing to full student voter registration and participation in all elections through the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN). To support full student voter participation of all eligible students, ALL IN and its Higher Education Presidents Council have launched a call to action for higher education presidents and chancellors to fully engage students in electoral participation. A full list of signatories can be found here.
"Signing The Higher Education Presidents' Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation represents my pledge to work with campus stakeholders to increase electoral participation in 2022 and beyond. At CCAC, we value providing opportunities to empower all eligible students at the college to register and turn out to vote," said CCAC President Quintin Bullock.
While college student voter participation in elections increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election, less than half of college students made their voices heard by casting their ballots. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%.
"Today, young people are truly seeing how the decisions their elected officials make impact their everyday lives, and in this critical time, ensuring that they are able to make their voices heard safely is critical," said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. "We are excited to partner with higher education leaders across the country to change the culture at colleges and universities around engagement in our country's political process. We are calling on all college presidents to make this commitment to their students, campuses and communities."
By signing the pledge, CCAC has committed to ensuring all eligible students are able to register to vote and cast informed ballots in the general election and beyond. Further, the college commits to fostering a campus culture that supports nonpartisan student civic learning, political engagement and student voter participation.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative of the 501(c)(3) Civic Nation, 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 930 campuses, enrolling more than 9.2 million students, have joined ALL IN since its launch in summer 2016.
KDKA News Clip: ALL IN Democracy Challenge
KDKTA-TV News highlighted CCAC's commitment to voter registration in their evening broadcast on Oct. 13.