LTCC Recognized as ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for Student Voting

November 21, 2022

logo for ALL IN Democracy ChallengeLake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) has just been recognized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) as a 2022 ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting. The ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting recognizes colleges and universities nationwide for taking intentional steps to increase student participation in elections.

LTCC joins a group of 394 colleges and universities that are being recognized by ALL IN for participating in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, for sharing campus voting data, and for developing, submitting, and carrying through with a democratic engagement action plan.

LTCC’s students hosted a well-attended candidate forum for California’s District 4 State Senate race on October 28, and held multiple voter registration drives over several weeks to expand student involvement in this November’s general election. LTCC’s Board of Trustees made voter engagement in 2024 a priority goal in its latest goals and strategies document adopted at their last meeting. LTCC also continued to serve the campus and community by once again hosting an El Dorado County Vote Center in the days leading up to this year’s election, and on Election Day.

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement. Campuses that join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge complete a set of action items to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation on their campus. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge currently engages over 9 million students from more than 950 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The effort worked particularly well in 2022: preliminary exit data from polling sites nationwide reveal a very high youth voter turnout, including at campus polling sites like LTCC’s. Approximately 27% of college-aged people between 18 to 29 years of age cast their ballots in the midterm elections this year according to a report from Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). That is the second-highest youth turnout in a midterm election in three decades.