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Cornell Votes

Cornell Votes is a university-wide non-partisan campaign to increase voter registration, turnout, and civic engagement on campus. We aim to create a campus culture where every person exercises their right to have a voice in their representation, through voting, democratic engagement, and civil discourse.Cornell Votes is a coalition of student, staff, and faculty stakeholders from across campus along with local community partners working to achieve increase voter registration and voter turnout among eligible voters.

Get Involved with Cornell Votes

For students interested in getting involved with Cornell Votes - as a member or volunteer, or wanting to learn more about our student organization, visit us on Campus Groups or email

Cornell Votes is open to all students, including those who cannot vote. We encourage everyone to get educated on the issues and candidates, by attending events, seeking vetted news sources, and engaging in dialogue about the issues that are important to them.

Questions? Email

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All In Silver Campus 30-39% voting rage. excellence in student voter engagement for the 2018 midterm election.

Get Registered to Vote

There are many great resources online for checking your registration status, getting registered, and figuring out how to vote. These are the sites we recommend:

National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers participating universities and colleges to learn about their own voter registration and participation rate. For more information about NSLVE, visit Institute for Democracy & Higher Education.

Below is the summary of Cornell University's 2014, 2016, and 2018 NSLVE reports.

Cornell Data - Cornell University's General Demographic Information:

  • 24,156 - Total Student Enrollment
  • 18,677 - Eligible Voters
  • 14,187 - Number of Students Registered in 2018
  • 6,293 - Students Voted in 2018
2012 2014 2016 2018
Cornell Student Voting Rate 34.9% 8.6% 46.0% 33.7%
Cornell Student Registration Rate 68.5% 50.8% 76.8% 76.0%
Cornell Student Voting Rate of Registered Students 51.0% 16.9% 59.9% 44.4%
Cornell Student Voting by Absentee 33.5% 15% 27.8% 28.7%
Cornell Student Voting by Mail 4.1% 8.1% 10.4% 14.9%
Cornell Student In-Person Election Day 2.4% 5.4% 7.5% 4.5%
Cornell Student - Unknown Voting Method 59.3% 70.8% 53.2% 50.2%

For full National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) reports, please email

Cornell Votes is made possible through support from the Andrew Goodman Foundation