UNC Young Independents is spearheading a series of voter registration drives in The Pit this week to encourage political involvement from UNC students.
Young Independents has partnered with five other politically-oriented groups, including March for our Lives UNC, NCPIRG, UNC College Republicans, UNC Young Americans for Liberty and Bridge USA. These organizations are working together in a collective, non-partisan effort to raise voting participation among college students, which are often an underrepresented voter demographic.
Two drives were held in The Pit on Tuesday and Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Another is planned to occur on Thursday.
UNC Young Independents has hosted voter registration events on campus in the past. Ali Montavon, co-president of UNC Young Independents, said the organization renewed its efforts this year to target new first-year students who are either not registered to vote or struggling to change their address to vote in Chapel Hill.
She also said this event is central to the mission of UNC Young Independents because it aligns with its organizational goals of representing non-partisan voters.
"We strive to increase political efficacy and enter political dialogues, so dialogues between people who hold very different perspectives," Montavon said. "We really try to fight against polarized politics and breaking people out of echo chambers."
UNC Young Independents co-President Colin Lowe expanded on the importance of voting, especially in the modern political landscape.
"To me, I just see voting as the biggest civic responsibility that someone can have and these upcoming elections are especially important," Lowe said. "I just wanted to get as many people registered to vote as possible."
UNC March for our Lives President Simone Afriyie said she recognizes the importance of voting as a means of influencing representatives.