The 2021 Indiana Civic Health Index (INCHI) marks a decade of research and action to improve Indiana’s civic health. IU Northwest, a partner working in collaboration with state and national organizations, plays a crucial role in promoting our state’s civic health.
In this most recent report, the results of a decade of research indicate that much work remains. Indiana’s voting and voter registration rates are troubling. The state currently ranks in the bottom 20% on both forms of civic engagement. Our voting and voter registration ranking, over the ten years, fell during the Presidential Election years. In 2012, for example, Indiana ranked 38th in voting with a rate of 59.3%, and in 2020, our rank fell to 46th, with a 60.6% voting rate.
We can decisively conclude that a continuing and ever more pressing challenge is connecting citizens to the democratic processes of voting. One way to accomplish this goal is to embrace and support civic education. However, there are multiple avenues that we can pursue if we wish to be a model of democratic participation. A decade later, Indiana remains dedicated to achieving, succeeding, and inspiring other states in their quest to achieve a bright future and unite for the good of the whole.
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