Before the end of early voting in North Carolina, UNC Young Democrats organized a “Music Meets Voting” live concert event on Friday, Nov. 4, to encourage students to enjoy live music and, ultimately, vote.
Young Democrats, UNC’s College Democrats chapter, seeks to drive progressive change on campus by organizing voter registration, education and outreach to increase student vote turnout and ensure that students feel empowered and heard in the political process, Megan Wagner, Young Democrats president said.
She said the concert featured varying types of music, from a DJ to an acoustic duo, to encourage voter turnout and help people understand that voting can be a fun, community-wide experience.
“It's really important to get students out to vote, and it's a lot more fun when there's music and cookies,” Wagner said.
Theodore White, the vice president of Young Democrats, said free food and music has always been a significant pull to attract students on campus, especially live music from a variety of genres.
He said that a concert with free food made sense for a last minute get-out-the-vote activity, as the day after the concert was the last day of early voting.
“Everyone is getting inundated with voting messages all the time and they kind of just become background chatter that they don't notice,” Wagner said. “And so, I think giving people an extra push to get to the polls will increase turnout.”
Judge Lucy Inman, who is currently running for an open seat on the N.C. Supreme Court, spoke at the concert.
“I want to make sure that the justice who succeeds Justice Hudson considers every case fairly and impartially, follows the law and brings no partisan agenda to the courts,” Inman said.