Unaffiliated voters in the Chapel Hill area remain neutral in current political tensions.

Need another reason to vote in November? It's good for your health

While Millennials are one of the largest generation groups, there are still more Baby Boomers and older generations that show up to the voting polls each November. The U.S. Legislature is seeing more diversity than ever before, but it is not equal to the diversity of the population that the legislature represents. Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia suggest that political participation can have a range of positive affects for the mind, toward relationships with others and society.


Voting laws

In August 2013, the N.C. General Assembly passed a comprehensive and controversial voting reform bill. The law changed the number of early voting days from 17 days to 10. The law also eliminated same-day registration.

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. It said some of the provisions in the law discriminated against minorities, violating the Voting Rights Act. 

A year later, the N.C. NAACP tried to get the courts to issue an injunction which would prevent the voting law from coming into effect until the case goes to trial in 2015. The judge denied the claim and the NAACP appealed the ruling.

In October 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled two provisions of the law cannot be enforced, reversing a lower court decision in made August 2014. The decision allowed for the continuation of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. 

The Daily Tar Heel tags stories to make it easier for you to find our more about topics you care about. Consider it a Wikipedia for all things UNC.