Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Singles Forums Chat
Home > News > Post Content

HBCUs in North Carolina organized for voter turnout in local election (188 hits)

Students from seven historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina organized to spread the importance of voting in local elections through get-out-to-vote rallies on their campuses. HBCU Democracy Fellows with Common Cause NC helped organize students in planning marches to the polls at Shaw University and Saint Augustine's University, with similar marches held at NC Central University, NC A&T State University, Bennett College and Fayetteville State University.

"The message that our Democracy Fellows took to their classmates and the greater community was that voting in local elections is just as important as voting for president," said Alyssa Canty, college outreach coordinator with Common Cause NC.

In recent years, lawmakers have introduced new voter restrictions impacting 23 states that have a history of voter suppression before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the federal law was established to enforce voter rights for Black people in America that were threatened by legal barriers on the state and local levels. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the new voter rights amendments put in place after 2010 impacts almost half of the United States with more restrictive voter laws which include "six states having strict photo ID requirements, seven have laws making it harder for citizens to register, another six states cut back on early voting days and hours, and three made it harder to restore voting rights for people with past criminal convictions."

Watch the full video of HBCU students mobilizing voters in North Carolina at https://firelightmedia.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49ff31bd6a218e1de82e5b47a&id=9135295fd2&e=203081fd8e. Common Cause North Carolina is a Raleigh-based nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizen participation in democracy.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Tuesday, December 5th 2017 at 3:41PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...

More From This Author
Congresswoman Alma Adams Statement on the Inclusion of HBCU Priorities in the 2018 Omnibus
Lyft Becomes Second Entity to Take Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Partnership Challenge
Start your career at an Early Insight Event with JPMorgan Chase
Texas Southern University Debate Team wins international competition
Start your Career In Marketing With The 2018 AdFellows Fellowship Program - Now Taking Applications!
Tarana Burke, Founder of Me Too, to Speak at Alabama State University's Distinguished Lecture Series
Guidelines for First Time Homebuyers: What to Do and What Not to Do
Oakwood University President Vists the Adventist University of Central Africa
Forward This Article Entry!
News Home

(Advertise Here)
Who's Online
>> more | invite 
Latest Photos
>> more | add
Most Popular Bloggers
elynor moss has logged 93986 blog subscribers!
gregory boulware, esq. has logged 15066 blog subscribers!
pam perry has logged 2047 blog subscribers!
david johnson has logged 458 blog subscribers!
>> more | add