Attendees gathered outside at 3:30 p.m. to hear local speakers before entering the building to cast their ballots for the May 6 primary.
Among the six politicians and leaders who addressed the small crowd was Student Body President-elect Andrew Powell, who spoke about UNC’s responsibility as a public institution to encourage its students to vote.
“In a democracy, preparing the leaders of tomorrow is a responsibility of the entire state,” Powell said.
Chancellor Carol Folt encouraged students to consider voting a part of their education.
“Education is for the future,” she said. “And voting is your chance to change your future.”
The early voting location moved to the N.C. Hillel building because of accessibility issues at its previous location at Rams Head Dining Hall. In recent years, early voting has moved from Morehead Planetarium to University Square to the Rams Head location.
“We’re getting more traffic than I thought we would,” said poll worker Diana Getzelmann. “Both adults and students.”
Chapel Hill Town Councilman Lee Storrow said advantages of the new location include its proximity to both students and faculty, public transportation access, its available parking and curbside voting.