ACM Honored as 2021 Maryland Voting Challenge Winner By ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

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ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Honors Colleges and Universities That Increased Student Voter Engagement During the 2020 Elections 

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Nov. 8, 2021) – Today, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge hosted its third biennial awards ceremony to recognize select higher education institutions, educators, and students for their extraordinary work in student voter engagement during the 2020 presidential election. 
The 2020 presidential election engaged the largest and most diverse group of college students in U.S. history. For the first time this year, ALL IN recognized winners of their State Campus Voting Challenges, competitions between higher education institutions in a particular state to increase nonpartisan student voter participation and engagement. Departments of State, Secretaries of State, and nonprofit partners co-facilitate the voting challenges in collaboration with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation. There are currently 19 states participating in the ALL IN State Voting Challenges, encompassing more than 426 institutions enrolling 4.3 million students.
ALL IN has awarded Allegany College of Maryland with the 2021 Best Action Plan – Community College Award as a part of the Maryland Campus Voting Challenge. Additionally, ACM received ALL IN’s Silver Campus seal for the Presidential 2020 Election, indicating a 60-69% voting rate and “excellence in student voter engagement.” Allegany College of Maryland is one of 18 Maryland campuses – 12 four-year and six two-year institutions – participating in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation.
The 2020 election cycle saw unprecedented voter registration and turnout among college students according to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, a research study of the Institute for Democracy in Higher Education at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. NSLVE reported that 66 percent of college students voted in the 2020 elections, a 14 point increase from 2016. 
ACM’s Changes from 2016 to 2020

  • Data provided by IDHE shows ACM’s voting rate increased by 8.1 percent to 61.1 percent in 2020. 
  • Voter registration rate among ACM’s students increased by 4 percent to 79 percent.
  • “In-person on Election Day” voting by its students declined by 23 percent. 
  • “Early vote” increased by 14 percent and “not in person” voting increased by 9 percent among the college’s students.

“The rise in voter participation and engagement for college students in last year’s presidential election was record-setting and will undoubtedly be tied to the efforts of the dedicated students, faculty, administrators, and partner organizations that are part of the ALL IN Challenge network,” said Jen Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “Partners in our nonpartisan state voting challenges worked collaboratively and diligently to ensure that participating colleges and universities had the best information and tools with which to ensure that college students - many of whom are first-time voters - had the information and access necessary to register and cast informed ballots.”
About the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge 
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization. ALL IN strives for a more inclusive democracy—one in which all voices are heard. We believe that higher education plays a role in graduating students into voters and in closing electoral participation gaps that persist by race and age. Through an intentionally designed program—which provides structure, support, and recognition—ALL IN strengthens college and university efforts to improve civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation. Ensuring that students are registered to vote and participate in all elections is a key component of our work. 

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