Teaching and Learning for Social Impact

Building in the Election

The youth voter turnout rate consistently falls below national averages. Students at Washington University are no exception. One best practice for addressing this disparity is integrating election content into classrooms.

Connecting students’ area of studies to relevant policies and political platforms and emphasizing the importance of voting as a response to material learned in the classroom has been proven to increase student voter turnout. In addition, students face numerous procedural barriers to voting.

Many students have never voted before and must navigate various processes, deadlines, and forms in order to successfully vote on Election Day. Including voter education as part of the classroom education experience will address many of these barriers and equip students with the information necessary to complete the steps needed to vote in a timely and accurate manner. Given the University’s interest in increasing the voter turnout rate among its students, adding elections content to courses is crucial.

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Linsday Gassman
Voter Engagement Fellow






Theresa Kouo
Assistant Director for Civic Engagement Education






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