With midterm elections less than three weeks away, political groups across campus are campaigning for candidates around the nation and encouraging students to register and vote.
Fewer than one in five eligible Stanford students voted in the 2014 midterm elections. Less than 50 percent of eligible students cast their ballots in the 2016 presidential election. Overall, Stanford trails its peer research institutions by about two percent in terms of voting rate. Why is the level of civic engagement among Stanford students so low? Amid the release of these abysmal statistics, a coalition of students, faculty and staff are responding with the StanfordVotes initiative, a collective effort to improve student voter registration and engagement on campus.
The Daily sat down with three members of the Class of 2021 who shared the highlights — and surprises — that came their way when they experienced their first year on The Farm.