MSI VOTE - North Carolina Findings
This map shows all polling sites in North Carolina for the 2014 election (as provided by the North Carolina Board of Elections), and compares them with all postsecondary institutions in North Carolina according to 2015 data from NCES IPEDS.
When one examines the MSIs in this format, they may track the distance it is from each institution to a polling place. The table below demonstrates these differences.
Institution County 2012 Total Vote Difference Between Presidential Candidates 2016 Total Vote Difference Between Presidential Candidates
Bennett College for Women Guilford 41,519 51,186
Bladen Community College Bladen 330 1,492
Chowan University Hertford 4,814 3,811
Durham Technical Community College Durham 75,859 92,900
Edgecombe Community College Edgecombe 9,755 7,963
Elizabeth City State University Pasquotank 2,754 435
Fayetteville Technical Community College Cumberland 24,800 20,340
Fayetteville State University Cumberland 24,800 20,340
Guilford Technical Community College Guilford 41,519 51,186
Halifax Community College Halifax 8,245 6,717
James Sprunt Community College Duplin 2,407 3,934
Johnson C Smith University Mecklenburg 100,215 139,044
Lenoir Community College Lenoir 413 979
Livingstone College Rowan 16,093 23,410
North Carolina A & T State University Guilford 41,519 51,186
North Carolina Central University Durham 75,859 92,900
*North Carolina Wesleyan College Edgecombe & Nash 9,755 (E) & 445 (N) 7,963 (E) & 84 (N)
-Richmond Community College Richmond 511 1,882
Roanoke-Chowan Community College Hertford 4,814 3,811
Robeson Community College Robeson 6,864 1,746
Saint Augustine's University Wake 54,006 106,654
Shaw University Wake 54,006 106,654
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Robeson 6,864 1,746
Wilson Community College Wilson 2,841 2,132
Winston-Salem State University Forsyth 12,429 18,489
*North Carolina Wesleyan College sits on the border of two counties, each are listed.
By utilizing 2016 total student enrollment numbers from the NCES IPEDS database, one may estimate the impact that these institutions may have in their respective county.
As demonstrated in the table below, some institutions' total student enrollment numbers well-exceed what could be the vote difference in their respective county.
Institution Total Vote Difference in 2012 (In County) Total Vote Difference in 2016 (In County) Total Number of Students Enrolled at Given MSI
Lenoir Community College 413 979 2,813
*North Carolina Wesleyan College 445 84 2,119
Richmond Community College 511 1,882 2,664
Robeson Community College 6,864 1,746 2,260
University of North Carolina at Pembroke 6,864 1,746 6,441
*North Carolina Wesleyan College sits on the border of two counties, only one is listed.
Out of the five institutions on this list, only one of them had an on-campus polling site, while the other five had a nearest polling site of more than 1 mile away.
However, as many of these students likely voted in the previous election, do recognize that these numbers are only meant to portray the relative size of the institution so that one may understand the impact these institutions can make.