Tuesday night's Voting Rights Teach-In offered attendees Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s and voter registration forms, along with a healthy dose of education about North Carolina voting rights.
About 70 people — students, professors and community members — attended the event, the second in a series of statewide events.
“We’re really hoping that students learn a lot about North Carolina’s new voter ID law and how it affects them in the primary election,” said John Steen, program coordinator for Scholars for North Carolina’s Future.
“We really want them to know exactly how to vote, where to vote on campus and to give a really good sense of what the broader impact of that law is for North Carolinians.”
Steen's organization co-sponsored the event with N.C. PIRG, the Campus Y, Ignite N.C., Faculty Forward and Democracy N.C.
Steen said a similar event at Duke University in fall 2015 was very successful — almost 100 people were in attendance, and it generated a follow-up campaign for an on-campus polling site.
Teach-ins at other North Carolina universities, including N.C. State University and Wake Forest University, are currently in the works.
“We’re really hoping to reach college students across the state,” Steen said.
Taylor Moss, campus organizer for N.C. PIRG, said recent changes to the UNC on-campus polling place have caused confusion for students.