As many UNC students change living arrangements with the University transitioning to remote learning, some have expressed concern about how to vote in the November election.
Cora Martin, a sophomore political science major at UNC, said figuring out the absentee request process has been confusing.
Martin said she was initially going to live on campus for the fall semester but decided a week before classes started to live at home. She is planning on voting early in person in Durham County, but she requested an absentee ballot just in case she decides to vote by mail instead.
“I’m worried about the USPS delays almost as much as I’m worried about coronavirus, so it’s been a back and forth for me,” Martin said.
Theodore Shaw, professor of law and director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC, said it’s important for young people to vote. He said they should take their privilege and civic duty to vote seriously.
“Once they are eligible, they have in their grasp — they hold in their hands — the power, the ability to have their voice weigh as much as anybody else in the country,” Shaw said.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections released guidance Monday for college students who plan to vote by mail in the upcoming election.
“We released this guidance to try to help students navigate the absentee voting process because we heard that many students may be confused about how it works given the circumstances with COVID and the fact that a lot of students have been displaced from their campus housing,” said Patrick Gannon, the Board's public information officer.
At what address should students request their absentee ballot?