PSU looking to double down on student voter turnout after Tuesday’s midterm

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University Park, Pa- Throughout the United States early figures say 49-percent of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s midterm elections…. and in Pennsylvania that number is significantly higher.
Early stats show about 57-percent of registered voters showed up at the polls….

But how does this number compare to the percentage of Penn State students who voted…  WTAJ spoke with a University official to find out.

“If we look at our precincts, which are predominantly students here at university park, in comparison to the rest of the commonwealth, our students were about twice as likely to vote, as opposed to our citizens across the commonwealth,” said Tim Balliett, Director of PSU’s Center for Character, Conscious, and Public Purpose.

Still given those relatively high voting numbers among registered voters…. only about a third of all Penn State student’s voted. A stat that indicates there are still many more students out there not registered to vote.

“It’s certainly an area and certainly something that the university will be targeting more directly particularly through our new center for character, conscious, and public purpose,” Balliett said.

Which will look to get students more involved in committees to be interested in elections year-round, including spring primaries, so elections don’t sneak up on students before they have time to register, and research candidates.

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