CEEP NC Blog

  • 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.
  • Youth Voting Decreased in 2012

    youthturnouttrend(June 10, 2013) After the Census Current Population Survey November Supplement data became available this week, CIRCLE calculated final estimates of young people’s voting in the 2012 election. Please see this new fact sheet for detailed results. In short, the story has changed from what we believed immediately after the election. Using the best available data, we then said that … Continue Reading
  • Youth Vote Estimated at 49% in Presidential Election

    The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that 22-23 million young Americans (ages 18-29), or at least 49%, voted in the presidential election, according to national exit polls, demographic data, and current counts of votes cast. Young people represented 19% of the voters in the election, with President Obama winning the majority of those … Continue Reading
  • My Vote Does Not Matter: Helping Students Surmount Political Cynicism

    This essay, written by CEEP Executive Director, Paul Loeb, CEEP Board Chair, UCLA’s Alexander Astin, and noted education and spirituality writer Parker Palmer, was featured on September 25, 2012 in Inside Higher Ed.  Read the full  article here.
  • NC Board of Elections Announces Early Voting Locations

    The list of early voting (aka one stop absentee voting) sites is now available at the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.  http://www.ncsbe.gov/ Early voting is available between October 18th and November 3rd.

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, working primarily through the state affiliates of Campus Compact.  

2014 Midterm Election Materials

(Stay posted for regular updates)

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. Strong Early Voting plans, with evening and weekend voting hours (including Sunday), are the key to making sure the 2014 elections go smoothly.

List of Early Voting Sites on or near campuses in NC (created by Democracy NC)

How to Advocate for a Strong Early Voting Plan in Your County  - This guide, created by Democracy NC, will help campuses influence the hours and locations your county offers voters during Early Voting.

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. (Groups can mass mail forms to their favor- ite voters.) 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:

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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

National

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.)