'Every Voice Heard'A little more than 50 percent of college students—including those at Swarthmore—vote in presidential elections, and less than 20 percent vote in midterms. Yet in Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 600,000 students, large enough to have a real impact. For the past two years, I have supported several organizations attempting to improve student voting, so I met with President Valerie Smith and outlined steps for Swarthmore. She embraced the idea, and the College has taken action to increase our student voting rate in this year’s midterm elections. (Keep up with these initiatives!) “Civic engagement is an essential part of Swarthmore’s tradition of social justice, and I’m heartened that the majority of students are registered to vote either in Swarthmore or at home,” Smith says. “But many who register aren’t turning out to cast their votes. That’s why I’ve convened a committee of faculty, staff, and students to examine and address the barriers to voting among Swarthmore students.” While Swarthmore’s program is off to a very good start, this remains a national problem that we can all help solve. If you have a connection at any institution of higher learning, I encourage you to approach the school at your highest level of access. Together, let’s make every voice heard.