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NCCU Students March to Kick Off Early Voting on Campus

North Carolina Central University is hosting the Soar to the Polls March on Thursday, Oct. 27, to demonstrate the importance of casting a vote in the upcoming general election.

The group will organize at 10:40 a.m. on George Street near the Student Union and proceed across campus to the Criminal Justice Building for a nonpartisan rally, according to student organizer Ajamu Dillahunt-Holloway, a sophomore political science and history major.

“Our students are feeling motivated to get to the polls because this is a critical and important election,” said Dillahunt-Holloway, who helped organize the activity as a member of the Political Science Club, a sponsor of the event. “Voting is a major tool for participating in government. Students have an obligation not only to vote but to organize to build a sustained movement.”

Political Science Professor Jarvis Hall, Ph.D., said student voting marches have been a tradition on campus since 2004, with a record 2,000 students participating in the event in 2008.

“It’s a demonstration of the civic engagement of our students,” Hall said. “These millennials are not alienated. They are engaged, involved and concerned, and they want to draw attention to and take advantage of the early voting.”

Thursday is the first day the early voting site on campus is to be open. It is in the School of Law.

Other groups supporting Soar to the Polls include the Student Government Association and Student Activities Board at NCCU, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and North Carolina Common Cause.


Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
by Senior Writer and Editor, Renee Elder
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