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UNC students weighing in on voting controversy

The University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments, a student group representing all 17 state campuses, has passed a resolution denouncing the recent actions of newly installed Republican county board of elections in college towns. And they are urging the State Board of Elections to overturn the actions when they meet on September 3rd.

The students are upset about the actions of the Watauga County Board of Elections in moving the voting place from Appalachian State University, and the Pasquotank Board of Elections in ruling that an Elizabeth City State University student was ineligible to run for city council because he did not meet the residency requirements.

"Whereas, students attending UNC-system universities across the state are having their voting rights suppressed; now, therefore, be it resolved that the UNC-Association of Student Governments supports student voting; and be it further resolved, we do not agree with the effort to restrict student participation in the electoral process and deter civic engagement; and be it further resolved we encourage all counties, especially ones that contain a UNC-system university, to allow student voting to be an easily accessible and encouraged process; and be it further resolved, we encouraged the NC Board of Elections to overturn the decisions in Watauga County and Pasquotank County.''

The NC. Federation of College Republicans issued a statement backing the new voter law passed by the legislature.

"We do not feel the election reform law law passed this year disenfranchises students but rather ensures accuracy and accountability of the electoral process,'' said a statement issued by Valerie Procopio, the federation's communications director. "We disagree with the Association of Student Government and look forward to educating students on all North Carolina campuses on how to vote and get engaged in upcoming elections with the assurance that these measures seek to achieve equal and accurate results.''

Rob Christensen

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