Just a week after Gov. Pat McCrory signed new voting requirements into law, students across the state are seeing the effects.
The new law requires voters to provide a government-issued photo ID, but it does not allow poll workers to accept college IDs or out-of-state driver’s licenses. It also shortens early voting by a week and ends same-day voter registration. Boards of Elections are currently reworking voting locations and trying to determine how the new law will affect local voting practices. The Watauga County Board of Elections has eliminated the early voting site and an election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Pasquotank County Board of Elections voted to stop an Elizabeth City State University senior from running for city council because his on-campus address doesn’t establish residency.
And the Republican chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Elections recently announced that he plans to eliminate the early voting site on the campus of Winston-Salem State University .
“I will go as far as saying this is an attack on student voters — they’re blatantly trying to suppress the student vote,” said Robert Nunnery, president of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments.
Jocelyn Hunt, a student at ASU and the director of state relations for ASG, said there were 50 to 60 students and townspeople at the Watauga County Board of Elections meeting to show their opposition to the changes.