Penn Voting Data
Below are the reports from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), run out of Tufts University Institute for Democracy and Higher Education. This voting data breaks down Penn voter turnout in a variety of ways, including age, year in school and discipline.
Data Comparing 2014 and 2018 Midterm Election Turnout
September 20, 2019
The University of Pennsylvania today reported that student voting on its campus was up in last year’s election, increasing to 41.8% in 2018 from a rate of 19.8% in 2014, a 22 point increase. In addition, Penn student turnout for registered students rose to 53.5% in 2018 from a rate of 24.8% in 2014 — a 28.7 point increase — that outpaces the national average of 25.7 by 3 points. In addition to the numbers reported by NSLVE, a Penn Leads The Vote analysis of Pennsylvania voting data shows that in 2018 on-campus votes increased by 464.5% compared to 2014. This momentous gain demonstrates Penn’s leadership in civic engagement and validates our designation as the only Voter-Friendly Campus in the Ivy League.
In addition to significant increases in overall student turnout, national turnout of registered students saw 87% increase from 2014 to 2018 while Penn student turnout of registered students increased 116%. This registered student turnout rate closed gap between Penn’s average and the national average, a significant gain heading into the 2019 and 2020 elections.
Penn Leads The Vote, refounded in Fall of 2018, continues to conduct far-reaching and impactful engagement efforts which heavily contributed to significant increases in on-campus turnout. As part of PLTV’s evaluation process, these numbers will be examined separate from the already incredible campus-wide and NSLVE data from 2018. Our current internal data indicates a 300% increase in turnout amongst the seven college house Wards of Division 27, and a comprehensive analysis will arrive soon. Alongside a dramatic increase in local election primary absentee voting in spring 2019, nearly 50 times higher than the previous record, the steep gains made in student voter turnout at the University of Pennsylvania should be re-emphasized in the current campus-wide and national data news.
PLTV is well-positioned for continued growth of impact across the entire student body, including graduate students, faculty, and staff.