Letter writer: Early voting plan will help students

Graphic by Lori Deaton

At last month’s Buncombe County Board of Elections meeting, the board approved an early voting plan that established early voting locations at both A-B Tech and UNC Asheville. As a UNCA student, I personally know just how important it can be to have an early voting site on North Carolina college campuses.

In March, I volunteered as a Democracy North Carolina poll monitor for the state’s primary election and witnessed firsthand many of the challenges student voters face. Some students I spoke with were turned away because they did not have accepted identification under the new voter ID law. Others were not registered correctly and relied on same-day registration to correct problems. Even more faced physical or logistical barriers to voting at locations far from their workplaces or school.

Having an on-campus polling location will help address many of these problems. These convenient sites greatly assist students with disabilities and those who do not have easy access to transportation off campus. Other students will be voting for the first time since the photo ID requirement was enacted. A site on campus will help students who forgot or did not know they needed photo ID to vote to quickly retrieve it and vote a regular ballot. Plus, if there are issues with voter registration or other problems at the polls, early voting allows students to fix these issues and vote in this important election.

I applaud the Board of Elections for hearing our calls for campus locations and including early voting sites at UNCA and A-B Tech. Students and other millennial voters are a large demographic in our area and in many parts of the state, and their voices should be heard. The Board of Elections’ expansion of campus locations means they won’t just be heard, but that they matter.

— Edward Peters
Senior at UNC Asheville and organizing intern at Democracy North Carolina


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

5 thoughts on “Letter writer: Early voting plan will help students

  1. Lulz

    LOL, just more BS by the left to gather votes by those easily manipulated.

    So your voices should be heard but how about opening up your wallets too? Because your voices and convoluted way of voting costs too much money. And considering that most of you have zilch real world experience, lead to people being elected on labels instead of qualifications. For one big example of this, Mr 1st black President says ISIS is diminishing yet the head of the CIA just gave testimony that contradicts that. Mr 1st black President is and has always ridden his race not only to office, but as a scapegoat and as a way to escape criticism for his bad policies lulz. Courtesy of a lot of young college fools that have no clue what they’re voting for.

    • bsummers

      So you think college students shouldn’t be allowed to vote? Twenty-sixth Amendment out the window.

      You’d probably get rid of the 14th and the 19th, too. Minorities and women are also too “easily manipulated”, right?

    • NFB

      “Courtesy of a lot of young college fools that have no clue what they’re voting for.”

      The same can be said of the US Congress — courtesy of a lot of Fox “News” viewers who have no clue what they are voting for.

      • Ken Hanke

        It is interesting that the…uh…conservative side here would prefer voting be restricted to people more likely to vote like them.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.