CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly named the location for early voting. Early voting will be hosted at Chapel of the Cross from Feb. 13 to Feb. 29 and on-campus voting on Election Day will be available at the Sonja Hanes Stone Center
Changes to Orange County’s election precincts were approved in December and took effect Jan. 1 of this year.
These changes include a UNC “super precinct” that covers all on-campus housing.
The polling location will be at the Sonja Hanes Stone Center on Election Day and Chapel of the Cross will host 15 days of early voting.
These precinct changes, when paired with the progress made to get UNC One Cards accepted as valid voter ID, could increase student voter turnout in the upcoming presidential election.
UNC campus housing and the surrounding areas were originally split into five different precincts — all of which were scattered and difficult for students to access.
“Students often reported to incorrect locations,” Rupi Jain, president of UNC Young Democrats, said. “Student voters get really confused and frustrated at the polls when they’re turned away by precinct officials.”
The creation of the UNC “super precinct” will ease a lot of this frustration, Jain said.
“There’s going to be greater access to the ballot box due to having a polling place that’s actually on campus and so centrally located,” Jain said.