College Honored for High Student Voter Turnout
POTTSTOWN PA — Already designated as a voter-friendly campus (at top), Montgomery County Community College recently earned additional recognitions from the All-In Campus Democracy Challenge for its high rate of student voter registration and turnout during the 2020 election.
MCCC earned the highest voter registration and highest voter turnout awards among two-year institutions for non-partisan student voter participation efforts in 2020. It also received the challenge’s 2020 Silver Seal for achieving a greater-than-60-percent turnout. In last year’s presidential election, MCCC’s voting rate was 66.9 percent.
The college increased its voter registration efforts to incorporate more online registration and provided consistent messaging to students and employees about voter registration, mail-in and absentee ballots and voting rights. Also, its Pottstown and Blue Bell campuses served as polling precincts during the 2020 elections, as well as the recent 2021 elections.
The Pottstown campus also served as a secure ballot drop-off location for the elections.
For the 2020 election, 77.3 percent of MCCC’s total number of students were registered to vote, and 86.5 percent of registered students voted. MCCC’s voting rate was 11 percent higher than the national average for two-year institutions. Approximately 66 percent of MCCC students voted in person, and 32 percent voted by mail or absentee ballot.
The All-In Campus Democracy Challenge is a national, non-partisan initiative of Civic Nation, a non-profit organization.