Washington Monthly recognizes Winthrop as one of the best colleges for student voting Honor Roll

Posted September 16, 2021 1:50 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

For the first time since the United States allowed 18-year-olds to vote, more than half of all 18- to 24-year olds cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election, according to Washington Monthly. Winthrop University students were among millions of young people who turned out in record numbers to participate. Winthrop, with its increased emphasis on civic engagement, was praised for a fourth year in a row by Washington Monthly for its success in getting students to vote and was included on its 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll. Nationwide, 51.4 percent of young people voted, compared to 39.4 percent in 2016. Winthrop’s numbers are not available yet, but South Carolina youth aged 18-24 made up 15 percent of all ballots in 2020, compared to casting 13 percent of all South Carolina ballots in 2016, according to Katarina Moyon, director of Winthrop’s John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy. Winthrop was joined on the Washington Monthly list by 204 institutions, 47 more than in 2020. The majority of honorees are public institutions, such as Winthrop, and many are community colleges.