UMaine named a top university for encouraging students to vote by Civic Nation

The University of Maine has been ranked among the top higher education institutions for engagement in student voting by the nonprofit Civic Nation. 

UMaine participated in the organization’s All In Campus Democracy Challenge, which recognized colleges and universities for their efforts to increase voter turnout among students, and to institutionalize political engagement and civic learning. Part of the requirements for the competition included sharing campus voter data, submitting a 2022 democratic engagement action plan and being a signatory to ALL IN’s Higher Education Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation. 

The Department of Political Science, UMaine UVote and other groups hosted many events and offered several resources to promote voting among students. UMaine UVote ambassadors conducted classroom visits, held voter registration drives, offered information sessions and contacted peers directly. The ambassadors and their peers also volunteered as poll workers with the Town of Orono on election night.