VOTER SUPPRESSION: North Carolina GOP Targeting Student Voting

Source: Michael Biesecker / AP / The State

RALEIGH, N.C. — Within hours of Gov. Pat McCrory signing a Republican-backed bill this week making sweeping changes to the state’s voting laws, local elections boards in two college towns made moves that could make it harder for students to vote.

The Watauga County Board of Elections voted Monday to eliminate an early voting site and election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University.

The Pasquotank County Board of Elections on Tuesday barred an Elizabeth City State University senior from running for city council, ruling his on-campus address couldn’t be used to establish local residency. Following the decision, the head of the county’s Republican Party said he plans to challenge the voter registrations of more students at the historically black university ahead of upcoming elections.

Voting rights advocates worry the decisions could signal a statewide effort by GOP-controlled elections boards to discourage turnout among young voters considered more likely to support Democrats.

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  • Carlos Morales

    If enforcing laws (such as being a registered resident student at the college to register to vote using the college address as your legal residence) causes college students o be removed from the rolls, that does not speak highly of the colleges poli sci department.
    You can not give a fake address as your legal residence when registering to vote. They are using the colleges own records to show 57 o the registered voters are not shown on the college records.