• NC Election Law Provisions will Stand

    On Friday, August 8th , at 5:00 p.m., District Judge Thomas Schroeder announced his decision to allow the provisions in North Carolina’s overhauled election law, recently challenged in court,to remain in effect – at least temporarily.   Judge Schroeder ruled that opponents who sued to block the law had failed to show they were likely to suffer irreparable harm if the sweeping changes stayed in place … Continue Reading
  • NC College Students Claim Voter ID Laws Discriminate Based on Age

    A July 5, 2014 NY Times article highlights the legal fight in NC over the voter ID requirements included in HB589, a sweeping overhaul of the state’s election system passed in August 2013. Read the article here: nyti.ms/1qJwFZT
  • Major Donor Fundraiser – Campus Election Engagement Project (Part-time)

    The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) works to help America’s colleges and universities get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves on issues and candidates, and turn out at the polls. Our national non-partisan project had a major impact in 2008 and 2012, just completed a successful 2013 off-year pilot in … Continue Reading
  • Harvard Releases Results of 25th Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes

    Results of the latest “Survey of Young American’s Attitudes” poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government was released on April 29th. Findings include: Less than one-in-four (23%) young Americans say they will “definitely be voting” in November, a sharp drop of 11 percentage points from five … Continue Reading
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits on Campaign Contributions

    On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission striking down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to … Continue Reading
  • North Carolina Passes New Election Law in Fall 2013

    House Bill 589, passed the North Carolina General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in August 2013. It makes dozens of other changes to how the state conducts elections.  Among the major changes in the complex 49-page bill where changes to voter ID requirements, mail-in absentee ballots, and early voting.  WRAL has provided a detailed summary here.

Campus Election Engagement Project-NC


NC Campus Compact is pleased to again partner with CEEP to promote student election engagement in preparation for the 2014 midterm election. In fall 2012 and fall 2008, NC Campus Compact led the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) effort in North Carolina. CEEP is a nonpartisan effort to help colleges and universities involve students in the election.

NC Voter Registration Competition - Enter to Win $450

To encourage youth engagement in the midterm elections, NC Campus Compact is hosting a voter registration competition for member institutions statewide. One winner from the participating schools will be selected.

The 2014 NC Voter Registration Competition is a contest held in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day this September 23rd. This contest recognizes the campus who registers the most people – on that date between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight - and is able to provide proof of the numbers of registered students, faculty, and staff. 

Download the flyer to learn more.

Click here to submit an Entry Form.

Click here to submit your results, starting on September 23rd. Results are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 24th.

SGA Mini-Grants 

On September 19, 2014, the Student Government Association at the following institutions was selected to receive a $300 mini-grants to support student election engagement efforts leading up the the 2014 midterm elections.

  1. Davidson College
  2. Elizabeth City State University
  3. Pitt Community College

Campus Coalition Mini-Grants 

On September 12, 2014, the following institutions were selected to receive mini-grants between $500 and $750 to support student election engagement efforts leading up to the 2014 midterm elections. 

  1. Bennett College
  2. East Carolina University
  3. Elon University
  4. Fayetteville State University
  5. Meredith College
  6. Pfeiffer University
  7. Queens University of Charlotte
  8. UNC Chapel Hill
  9. UNC Charlotte
  10. UNC Greensboro
  11. UNC Wilmington
  12. Wake Forest University
  13. Western Carolina University

Quick Guide for College Student Midterm Election Engagement in North Carolina

Download this one-page document which provides relevant information in a quick and easy format.

2014 CEEP-NC Webinar Series

July 9th (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
“Understanding the New North Carolina Voting Law"
Facilitated by NCPIRG

July 30th (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
“Overview of TurboVote”
Facilitated by TurboVote

August 20th (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET)
"Campus Vote Project Training: North Carolina"
Facilitated by the Fair Elections Legal Network's (FELN) Campus Vote Project

2014 Midterm Election Materials

Click on the graphic to learn more about National Voter Registration Day.

Below are the NC results for college-aged youth from the last midterm election.  

See even more detailed data by viewing this one-page summary .  This information is from CIRCLE

Relevant North Carolina Dates

9/5/2014 Absentee Voting By-Mail Begins
10/10/2014 Voter Registration Deadline for General Election
10/23/2014 One-Stop/Early Voting Begins
10/28/2014 Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
11/1/2014 One-Stop/Early Voting Ends
11/4/2014  General Election/Last Day to return absentee ballot by mail

For up-to-date information stay posted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections site: http://www.ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/.

North Carolina Election Law

In 2013, the North Carolina legislature passed a comprehensive new election law. Read Democracy NC's overview of the election law changes here.

Below are a few of the key changes that may impact student engagement.

Reduction in Length of Early Voting Period

The number of days for Early Voting has been reduced from 17 to 10. With fewer days and other voting changes, lines at the polls are likely to be longer than usual.

Voter ID

In 2016 each voter will need to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. In 2014 election officials will ask if you have one, but you do not need to show it to vote.

Acceptable ID:

  • NC driver's license or an ID card issued by the NC DMV
  • US military or veteran's ID card
  • US passport
  • Enrollment card from a federal or NC-recognized tribe
  • Out-of-state driver’s license but only for 90 days after the voter registers in North Carolina. Student IDs are NOT acceptable. 

As of January 2014, voters who swear they don’t have an acceptable ID may apply for a free non-driver’s “special ID card” from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They must be registered or register when they apply. To apply, voters must show the DMV a birth certificate (and if their name changed, maybe a marriage license), plus documents showing their residence. A NC county register of deeds must furnish free the birth certificate and marriage license, but that won’t help voters born out of state.

Same-day Registration

Same-day registration has been eliminated. Voters must register at least 25 days before the election. 

  • The Voter Registration Form for North Carolina is available here.
  • Download the Voter Registration Drive materials order form here.

No Out-of-Precinct Voting 

Provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct on Election Day will not count. Vote in your home precinct on Election Day.

Mail-In Absentee Voting

Absentee ballot requests must be on a form from the county elections board. The form asks for your ID number (from a DMV photo ID or last 4 digits on your Social Security card) or you may mail in one of these documents with your name and current address: a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or any government document. The elections office will then send you the ballot. Mail the completed ballot back in the envelope provided. It must have the voter’s signature; the signatures and addresses of two witnesses OR one notary public (who can’t charge a fee), and the name, address and signature of anyone assisting a voter unable to sign.

Newest Resources:

(Scroll to the bottom of this page for more resources)

Voter Transparency - Have you ever wondered what type of voters are registered in your county?  This site will provide an up-to-date graphic of voter registration designation by party and race. 

Engaging Students in the Midterm Elections: 10 Things NC Schools Can do This Spring

Six Ways to Act

Let’s Get Engaged: A non-partisan voter registration and Get-out-the-vote toolkit for University/Community Partnerships
In 2012, Virginia Commonwealth students partnered with the residents of Richmond’s nearby Mosby Court public housing development to promote election engagement. The percentage of Mosby residents voting in Virginia’s state-wide elections increased by 59%. This guide was created to assist so other campuses and communities can adapt the model.

"My Vote Doesn't Matter" - article on overcoming student cynicisum by CEEP founder Paul Loeb

Host a Voter Registration Drive in North Carolina

Best Practices/Ideas from Campuses Around the Nation

Become a Poll Worker/Precinct Official in NC

Data Related to the 2012 Presidential Election


Report: College Students and Voting (Campus Vote Project of the Fair Elections Legal Network) 

Report: America Goes to the Polls (Nonprofit Vote) 

CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Education)Reports

North Carolina

NC Voter Turnout  (Democracy NC) 

Offical election results for North Carolina from the NC Board of Elections 

In 2012 CEEP-NC provided mini-grants to 10 campuses to support election engagement efforts.  Funds supported voter registration drives, issues dialogues and debates, candidate forums, local election guides, and transportation to the polls. Learn more here.

Contact Leslie Garvin at 336.278.7278 for questions about CEEP in North Carolina.

Election-Related Organizations

Voter Protection/Advocacy Orgs

Election-Related Articles & Books

Research/Statistics on Youth Voting

Candidate Guides/Debates/Quizzes

  • Vote Easy (from Vote Smart)
  • Election Quiz (Find out which political party most closely aligns with your views)
  • The Political Compass (A multi-axis political model to label or organize political thought on two dimensions)
  • Debate.org (A free online community where people around the world come to debate online and read the opinions of others.)