OGDEN — Weber State University was honored with a bronze seal in the inaugural ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a nonpartisan national effort to get students across the country engaged in the democratic process. The university achieved a voting rate between 50 percent and 59 percent in the 2016 presidential election.
“At Weber State, we teach our students to be great citizens in addition to being great employees," WSU President Charles A. Wight, said in a statement. “I'm proud so many of our Wildcats are participating in the electoral process, and WSU is pleased to be recognized for encouraging their civic engagement.”Comment on this story
A recent report, “Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting” from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 presidential election and the 2016 presidential election, student voting went from 45.1 percent of eligible voters in 2012 to 48.3 percent in 2016 — a 7 percent improvement.
To encourage additional democratic engagement, WSU sponsored Rock the Vote, a concert and a voter registration event at the Ogden Amphitheater, Constitution Week activities, and voter registration drives around campus.
For more information about the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, visit allinchallenge.org.