2018 Iowa Voting Challenge Winners

November 4, 2019

For Immediate Release: On the eve of local elections, Iowa Campus Compact and Civic Nation are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Iowa Voting Challenge. The challenge recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates, helping students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, making democratic participation a core value on their campus, and cultivate generations of engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.

In the 2018 election cycle, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge partnered with Iowa Campus Compact to support campuses increasing their registration and voting rates. All Iowa colleges and universities were invited to participate in the challenge, which included signing up for the National Student on Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSVLE) to determine their registration rate and voting rate. Fourteen Iowa campuses from across the state participated.

In the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, college students turned out to vote at double the rate from the last midterm. Across more than 1,000 campuses in the NSLVE study, the average voting rate in 2018 was 40.3%, up over 20 percentage points from 19.3% in 2014. The average 2018 voting rate at the 14 Iowa institutions participating in NSLVE and the ALL IN Challenge was 41.8%, slightly higher than the national average.

2018 Iowa Challenge Winners

Highest Voter Turnout:

  • Private college/university: Drake University, 51.8%
  • Public university: University of Northern Iowa, 46.2%
  • Community college: Des Moines Area Community College, 44.5%

Most-Improved Voter Turnout:

  • Private college/university: Drake University, up 19.8%
  • Public university: Iowa State University, up 18%
  • Community college: Des Moines Area Community College, up 15.7%

Highest Overall Voter Registration Rate:

  • Simpson College, 87.4%

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact continues to support campuses in voter education and engagement for the 2020 general election. For more information contact Sinda Nichols at snichols {at} compact(.)org.

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its network of 57 campuses. This includes educating students through community and civic learning experiences and making an impact in communities through reciprocal partnerships that address community-identified goals. IAMNCC creates partnership opportunities, supports quality programming through professional development, and promotes the importance of the civic mission. For more Minnesota information visit mncampuscompact.org. For Iowa opportunities, visit iacampuscompact.org.

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative supporting and recognizing colleges and universities working to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement. More than 550 institutions are participating in the ALL IN Challenge which is a program of Civic Nation. On November 12, 2019, the ALL IN Challenge will host their national Awards Ceremony recognizing campuses for excellency in nonpartisan democratic engagement. For more information contact Ryan Drysdale at ryan {at} civicnation(.)org