Appeals of “Are you registered to vote yet?” will likely ring throughout campus today as political groups take advantage of the first National Voter Registration Day.
Universities, cities and civic organizations have partnered to put on the event in an attempt to boost voter turnout for this election. According to the event’s website, 6 million Americans did not vote in 2008 because they didn’t understand the process or missed a registration deadline.
The Black Student Movement at UNC will be holding a voter registration drive outside of Davis Library today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., said Isela Gutiérrez, coordinator of the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Project at Democracy N.C, a Durham-based advocacy group.
Voter Registration Day:
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Outside of Davis Library
Democracy N.C. is also partnering with Latino Community Credit Union branches throughout the state to hold voter registration drives and distribute information.
“There will be folks there helping people to register to vote,” Gutiérrez said. “We also have a voter’s bill of rights translated into Spanish and a voting rights pocket card that tells you everything you really need to know about voting.”