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About the NSLVE Database

The election participation research is made possible through a unique partnership negotiated by IDHE. In short, the National Student Clearinghouse matches student data provided by participating institutions of higher education with publicly available registration and voting data from the data services organization Catalist. Once the records are matched on name, date of birth, and address, the Clearinghouse then de-identifies the records and sends the data to NSLVE. NSLVE analyzes the data by institution and provides aggregate reports to each institution, comparing an institution's voting rates with national rates and by Carnegie classification, voting method, undergraduate vs. graduate status, full-time vs. part-time status, gender, age, and field of study.