Number of students registered for voter resources at Loyola ranks highest among universities
During the first week of the semester, TurboVote ranked Loyola University Maryland No.1 for the total number of LoyolaVotes sign-ups.
LoyolaVotes is a non-partisan campus task force that uses an online platform called Turbovote to provide resources about voter registration, absentee ballots, and election information to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the surrounding community.
During Fall Welcome Weekend, student leaders involved with LoyolaVotes and the office of student engagement worked to help students sign up for voting resources through the online platform. Between Sept. 1-4, Loyola had 295 people sign up for LoyolaVotes, which is the highest number of registrations at any college or university that uses TurboVote.
Other institutions included in the ranking were the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, ranking No. 2 with 148 students registered to vote, Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 141 students, the University of Minnesota with 114 students, and Harvard University with 109 students.
“This ranking is an honor for the University because we are recognized for our efforts to engage students in civic responsibility by including this as an important part of their Fall Welcome Weekend experience and orientation,” said Elise Gower, associate director of programs for the Center for Community Service and Justice.
Around 1,200 people have registered through LoyolaVotes.
“We provide information, education, and assistance in order to create a more civically engaged community,” said Trevor Tormann, ’22, student co-leader of LoyolaVotes.
LoyolaVotes was developed in response to the University participating in the All-In Challenge, a national awards program and agreement between institutions, which aims to increase student voter registration and engagement. Nearly 1,000 campuses across the United States participate in the All-In Challenge.
"It's a part of Loyola's core values to act in pursuit of the betterment of our greater community,” said Katie Quigley, ’22, student co-leader of LoyolaVotes. “As members of an ever-changing, politically driven society, we have to understand the power of voting and how it is a crucial pillar of the democracy we often take for granted.”