The Campus Y and Meantime Coffee Co. are fighting low voter turnout with a voter registration drive on Thursday.
Patty Matos, a senior at UNC and employee at Meantime, worked with senior DTH staffer Alexis Hinnant, who interned at DoSomething.org this summer, to present the idea of a voter registration drive to the Campus Y co-presidents Alli Whitenack and Jessica Bolin. With resources from DoSomething, they coordinated the effort in just a few days.
The first phase of the drive will occur outside of the Campus Y this Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Next week, voter registration will happen from Monday to Thursday inside Meantime from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
According to the United States Elections Project, voter turnout was 36.3 percent in the 2014 mid-term elections, the second-lowest in a federal election ever, while voter turnout in the 18-29 age group during midterm elections has not surpassed 23 percent in the last three decades.
“I think that it’s really important to get college students to vote because young people around the college age are one of the demographics that has one of the lowest voter turnout rates,” Whitenack said. “I think it has to do with time. Everyone is really busy. But, I also think it has to do with accessibility and locations of voting places."