YOUTH AND THE VOTE

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North Carolina

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VOTER TURNOUT 18-29
26% 52.70% 33.10% 51.40% 24.30% Frey*
VOTER TURNOUT 18-19
53% CIRCLE*
REGISTRATION RATE 18-24
41.30% 54.70% 46.70% 53.30% 40.30% Census*
VOTER TURNOUT 18-24
21.60% 44.80% 30.10% 46.40% 21.90% Census*

NORTH CAROLINA

Vector 29

21.90%

YOUTH TURNOUT

Ages 18-24 (Census)

NORTH CAROLINA YOUTH VOTE

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TOP STRATEGIES/INITIATIVES TO INCREASE REGISTRATION & TURNOUT

Statewide Policies and Resources

  • North Carolina has on-line registration for NC DMV customers with a state issued photo ID.  
  • NC has no-excuse vote by mail and in 2020 created an email request portal. 

High school Initiatives

  • You Can Vote (YCV) supports all North Carolinians – especially high school and college students – to register, volunteer, and vote. 
  • First Vote NC helps high school students learn the mechanics of voting and participate in a simulated election with a view to prepare them for a lifetime of voting.
  • Voter pre- registration starts at 16, vote at 18.

College and University initiatives

  • Portal for North Carolina college students.
  • Campuses across North Carolina are engaged in competitions to register and vote including the North Carolina Campus Challenge, facilitated in-state by You Can Vote and North Carolina Campus Engagement. 
  • You Can Vote provides the “boots on the ground” infrastructure for the NC Campus Challenge through education, training, and Get Out The Vote with partners including the NC Community College System, public and private colleges, and HBCUs across the state. 
  • League of Women Voters promotes civic education and voting through multiple NC chapters.
  • The NC Campus Engagement state office fosters connections between campuses, shares best practice information and resources, recognizes outstanding work, and champions civic and community engagement in higher education.
  • 31 campuses are participating in the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. Campuses such as UNC at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have participated in ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge over multiple election cycles.
  • NORTH CAROLINA CAMPUS VOTER GUIDE

Other Factors and Resources

  • North Carolina is a battleground state and has been on the front lines of voter suppression. Prior to the Shelby County decision, 40 out of 100 North Carolina counties were covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and were required to seek federal approval before making changes to their election laws. The Lawyers Committee NC 
  • Many students were off campus due to the pandemic.
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