UNC sophomore Samantha Beecham puts on an "I Voted" sticker after voting at the Carrboro Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.

'A vote for our democracy': Youth poised to make big impact in 2020 election

With less than a week until Election Day, 3.8 million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots, a state in which young voters have turned out at a rate almost four times higher than at this point in 2016.  

  • An index from CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, ranked North Carolina as the second state in the nation where the youth vote can have a significant impact on the presidential election.
  • From reports of apocalyptic wildfires on the West Coast and ongoing protests against systemic racism, to the pandemic that has gone unchecked since March, the youth of America have come face-to-face with the intersection of politics and daily life, and as a result are hyper-aware of what's going on in their country. 

The Daily Tar Heel Election Center

Voters between the ages of 18 and 24 historically have the lowest voter turnout, and we think that needs to change this year.The DTH City & State desk wants students to vote in 2020, plain and simple. And we want to be your information source, whether that's for how to vote or who you should vote for. 


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Poll Workers

'Celebration of citizenship': Inside the life of an N.C. poll worker

Rachel Raper, the director of elections for Orange County, said poll workers are critical to elections and complete a variety of roles during early voting and Election Day. “Poll workers are on the front line of democracy, and the experience voters have with poll workers shapes their opinions of elections and going to vote” she said. Because of the virus, the polling sites throughout Orange County are following safety protocols by maintaining social distancing, enforcing masks, limiting the number of people inside the polling site, disinfecting the voting sites between each use, not reusing sample ballots and putting up plastic barriers between voting stands. 


Taylor Heeden, a senior writer at the Daily Tar Heel and a senior journalism and communication studies double major.

OC Voice: Why you should vote in the U.S. Senate race

The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Taylor Heeden is a senior writer for The Daily Tar Heel and a senior at UNC majoring in journalism and communication studies. 


Brittany McGee (left) and Ramishah Maruf (right) are diversity officers at The Daily Tar Heel. 

Elevate: Minority voices are crucial as early voting begins

"The impact our Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous communities will have on this election, and the future of our state and country, cannot be overstated. We are a powerful bloc — our voices matter, our issues matter and our votes matter. It’s important to note that isn’t a monolith, and we should not be treated such, especially by political institutions."