Central Lakes College student voting up nearly 10-percent

Central Lakes College student voting up nearly 10-percent

November 14, 2021 ---School News - KKIN/KFGI/KLKS/WWWI News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkin@rjbroadcasting.com (11/15/21)

(Brainerd, MN) — Central Lakes College in Brainerd reported that voting among students on their campus increased nearly 10 percent during last year’s presidential election.

The numbers conclude that voting raised up to 70 percent in 2020 from a rate of 61 percent in 2016. Prior to the 2020 election season, the CLC Student Senate established a plan to build upon their past success and increase voter registration and voter turnout numbers at CLC.

Despite the pandemic, student leaders were undeterred and adapted their programming to accommodate both in-person and virtual voter registration drives. They worked closely with the Brainerd Lakes League of Women Voters and the Minnesota Secretary of State Office to provide timely and informative voting information.

These numbers come from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, which also found a record breaking set of findings. Across the country, students built on the momentum swing of 2018 and voted at high rates in the 2020 election, whose voter turnout jumped up 66 percent in last year’s presidential election.