Now that the Presidential conventions of both major parties have concluded, there are two months before Election Day.  We’ll have speeches throughout the country, media coverage, and public polls up to the final exit polls during Election Day.  For voters whose minds are made up, the coverage is probably overwhelming.  For undecided voters, the coverage is helpful until the point where they have determined for whom they’re voting.

Stepping back from the candidates and their platforms, the bigger issue is voting.  In the 2004 Presidential election, 125,736,000 people voted.  That represented 58.3 percent of the voting age population.  The turnout varies among demographic categories.  Age matters.  The lowest turnout was the 18-24 age bracket at 41.9 percent.  From 45 and up, the lowest turnout was 66.6 percent with the 65-74 age bracket hitting a 70.8 percent turnout.  Women voters are more likely to vote than male and white and black voters exceed 60 percent turnout with Hispanic and Asian voters less than 50 percent turnout.

As a university that complies with Title IV regulations, APUS supports the National Voter Registration Act and encourages our students who are U.S. citizens to exercise their right to vote.  Before you can vote, you must register to vote in your home state.  A form for voter registration can be downloaded at  Every year prior to July 1, we send out consumer information to our student population.  Since many states require registration prior to 120 days before the election, we hope that you’ve registered to vote and, more importantly, plan to vote on Election Day.  If you’re not going to be in town on that date, be sure to request an absentee ballot from your local election officials. 

In a country that prides itself on its democratic roots, you may be interested in knowing that the 2004 election reversed a declining trend in voter turnout with 64 percent of Americans over the age of 18 voting.  Our turnout still ranks 139 out of 172 countries according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.  Regardless of which party you plan to vote for, make your plans for voting on Election Day 2008!

Wally Boston Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President in 2002. In September 2019, Dr. Boston retired as CEO of APEI and retired as APUS President in August 2020. Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, he led APEI to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. For four years from 2009 through 2012, APEI was ranked in Forbes' Top 10 list of America's Best Small Public Companies. During his tenure as president, APUS grew to over 85,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs, and approximately 100,000 alumni. While serving as APEI CEO and APUS President, Dr. Boston was a board member of APEI, APUS, Hondros College of Nursing, and Fidelis, Inc. Dr. Boston was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity by the U.S. Secretary of Education in 2019. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), as a Trustee of The American College of Financial Services, as a member of the board of Our Community Salutes - USA, and as a member and chair of the board of New Horizons Worldwide. He has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker on the impact of technology on higher education. Dr. Boston is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group. Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa, and, in April 2017, also bestowed him with the title President Emeritus. In August 2020, the Board of Trustees of APUS appointed him Trustee Emeritus. In November 2020, the Board of Trustees announced that the APUS School of Business would be renamed the Dr. Wallace E Boston School of Business in recognition of Dr. Boston's service to the university. Dr. Boston lives with his family in Austin, Texas.


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