NCCU students, faculty and staff are getting ready for the November election season in a number of ways. From voter registration drives and voting forums to visits by political candidates sponsored by student organizations, Eagles are engaged in this important election.
The NCCU community launched the voting season with a march to the early voting polling site in downtown Durham on Oct. 21. NCCU alumnus and voting rights activist the Rev. William Barber led individuals in the effort to encourage early voting.
Democratic candidate for vice-president Tim Kaine also paid a visit to NCCU on Oct. 21 for the Early Vote Rally. This is Kaine’s first visit to NCCU since he entered the presidential race with democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton.
Kaine informed the crowd that every vote is important to this presidential race, in which career and technical training is a major issue.
Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who is also an NCCU alumnus, gave remarks at the One Vote, One Voice event sponsored by the Gamma Beta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. During the event Butterfield urged students to vote in the presidential election. He also gave accounts of his experience as a young voter and how voting is important to the future of the nation.
An additional March to the Polls Rally is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, the first day for early voting at the campus precinct located at NCCU’s School of Law.
Early voting in North Carolina runs through Nov. 5. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. For more information about voting in North Carolina visit, www.ncsbe.gov.