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Youth speakers join NAACP, call voter ID a return to racist policy

Young speakers from the Forward Together movement joined Rev. William Barber II in admonishing Republican leadership for moving forward with restrictive election legislation in a Wednesday NAACP press conference.

Barber also compared House Bill 589, which the Senate will take up Wednesday afternoon, to historical efforts to curtail black voting rights in North Carolina. Barber, students, young adults and advocates raised their voices in anger at provisions that would stop pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, institute strict voter ID policies and allow bigger donations to election candidates.

”The only requirement to access that right (to vote) is that you be 18, and be born or naturalized in this country,” said William Barber III, the vice president of the N.C. NAACP Youth and College division. “That wasn’t always the case. Now that we have it, we will not give it up without a fight.”

N.C. native and College Dem president touts the youth vote

Tori Taylor, a Charlotte resident and president of the College Democrats of America writes for Huffington Post: "Young Americans sent a powerful message on November 6: do not underestimate us."

"We are constantly told that our generation is the future of our country, but this statement suggests that our voice does not matter now," she continued. "It puts our interests and needs on a shelf to be dealt with at a later date. We should come back in a few years, when we can really make a difference. The parties will listen then. This is where the Republicans went wrong, and it may cost them an entire generation of voters." Read her full op-ed here.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, finding volunteers for Obama campaign is harder this time

President Barack Obama's organizers at UNC-Chapel Hill are finding it harder to get students to volunteer for the campaign, reports The Daily Tar Heel, and other students aren't seeing the level of enthusiasm from 2008.

It's not good news for the Democratic candidate, who is counting on youth voters to help deliver the early vote once one-stop voting begins Oct. 18.

From the DTH, the university's independent student newspaper: "Gabby Whitehall, co-founder of Tar Heels for Obama, said her feelings have not changed since the 2008 election, but she has seen a dwindling in some of her peers’ excitement.

Notebook: President Obama talks students loans, gets personal

President Barack Obama talked student loans and much more at UNC-Chapel Hill this afternoon. For a quick-take story, click here. Here's a few more scribbles from the notebook:

-- Obama didn't address the two hottest issues in North Carolina politics right now: the constitutional marriage amendment and the state Democratic Party scandal. But the president did meet with Melissa Hodges, who is featured in a new anti-amendement TV ad. And much to Republicans chagrin he didn't nationalize the local party troubles -- and there's no reason to think he would have commented on the matter given his tightly controlled appearances.

--Gov. Bev Perdue received a good bit of love from Obama. And when he introduced her, the crowd didn't boo like a few months ago when she was introduced at a UNC basketball game. But despite what state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said this morning, the reaction at the game wasn't about students upset about not getting a job.

Will college kids hold the key to the presidential race in North Carolina?

Much political talk focuses on North Carolina as a swing state in the 2012 presidential election. And given that President Barack Obama won the state in 2008 by 14,000 votes -- or less than a half of a percent -- it's no wonder. But which voters in the state are key to the Obama campaign? The Washington Post's political whiz Chris Cillizza writes this:

"Of our nine swing states, Obama’s winning margin was narrowest in the Tarheel State. (He won by .4 percentage points.) The Obama team clearly signaled that they believe they can win again in 2012 by putting the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The central question is likely to be whether Obama can turn out as many young people in this college-heavy state as he did in 2008. With massive 18-29 turnout, North Carolina looks doable for Obama. Without it, probably not."

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