Voter Summit Inspires Action!

October 24, 2019

The 4th Annual NC College Voter Summit convened over 90 students, faculty, and staff, from 24 colleges and universities, to learn and share strategies around college voter registration, voter education, and electoral participation.

Allison Riggs, Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Chief Counsel for Voting Rights, served as the keynote speaker. Allison provided a history of voting rights and information about the current political redistricting map process. The luncheon speaker was Jessica Holmes, who serves as the Chair of Wake County Board of Commissioners. She highlighted the importance of being engaged in local and municipal elections and shared personal anecdotes on how to mobilize communities. Both speakers inspired our audience to go back and engage their campus community to create a stronger democracy.

Presentations provided an opportunity to learn more about student voter registration, empowering and developing student leaders, information on the new NC voter ID law, resources to ensure equity and inclusion in the voter engagement process, and fellowships available for students interested in doing election work on their campuses.

The Summit, held at Elon University on September 20, was planned by the NC Campus Voting Coalition. This group is comprised of organizations focused on getting college students engaged in voting. Coalition members include ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge; Blueprint NC; Campus Election Engagement Project; Campus Vote Project; Common Cause NC; Democracy NC; NC Campus Compact; NC PIRG; You Can Vote; and, Young Invincibles. The event was possible thanks to the financial contribution of Campus Election Engagement Project and the Southern Vision Alliance’s Millennial Voter Partnership.