Most Students Voted at Home, and Most Found Voting Easy.
A chief concern for those promoting higher turnout among college students is whether they would find voting difficult—either because of the perceived hassle in voting absentee or problems incurred when trying to vote at their campus locations. Data from the survey suggests that such problems were much less frequent than might have been anticipated. One of the reasons for the absence of problems might be the percentage voting in their home town (in person or absentee). Of those who were registered, two thirds are registered in their home town (67% home town; 33% college town). Freshmen and sophomores were equally likely to be registered in their home town (68% and 67%); juniors and seniors were slightly less likely to be registered there (64% and 59%).
Interestingly, 78% of those registered at home prefer to be registered there. This means, however, that more than one in five (22%) of those registered at home would prefer to register at their school address. Among students who were not registered, 44% would prefer to register at their college address. Overall, 26% of those not registered at their school address would prefer to register there.
Not surprisingly, college students were much more likely to vote by absentee ballot (37%) than were 18-29 year olds who were
surveyed recently by Declare Yourself (10%).
Interesting... This seems to say that 18-29 year olds and college students are two distinctly different groups. I thought You said ALL 18-29 year olds were college students...
Did students find it a real hassle to vote? Of those casting an absentee ballot, the survey inquired separately about the ease of obtaining the ballot and of casting it. Especially in light of some expectations, few students found it difficult. Nearly 90% (88.8) said they found it “very easy” or “fairly easy” both to obtain and to cast an absentee ballot.
Only a handful (2.9%) found either or both of
these tasks “very difficult.”