Jordan Jenkins (right), a North Carolina Democratic Party Campus Fellow and UNC student, informs Anna Warvsten about registering to vote at her current address. Jenkins is part of a team of students dedicated to guiding students through the registration process.

Voter registration deadline extended in 36 N.C. counties

The deadline to register to vote has been extended until Wednesday in 36 eastern North Carolina counties due to disruptions from Hurricane Matthew.

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. 

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How to vote in Orange County

With the North Carolina presidential primary coming up, local organizations are looking for ways to ensure UNC students and faculty know how to make their vote count this year.

voting rights

Teach-in discusses the importance of campus voting

Tuesday night’s Voting Right’s Teach-In incorporated nine speakers, included an opportunity to register to vote and to sign a petition for an on-campus polling place, and ended on a sweet note with Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream ice cream.

Opinion: The voter ID law will hurt many out-of-state students

Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require photo ID to vote at the polls. Acceptable forms of identification include: North Carolina state-issued driver’s licenses, U.S. passports or passport cards, North Carolina identification cards, military or veteran identification cards and certain tribal enrollment cards. Notably, this list does not include student IDs.

Voter ID lawsuit hearing tentatively set for January

A federal judge refused to dismiss challenges to North Carolina’s Voter ID law during a court hearing on Friday, and set a new tentative hearing for Jan. 16. The N.C. General Assembly passed the law two years ago, requiring voters to have photo ID when voting in-person. It would go into effect in 2016, possibly influencing the upcoming presidential primaries.