Usually known for their fierce rivalry in the athletic arena, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University are setting aside their differences, teaming up to denounce the state’s recently passed voter ID bill, according to the Huffington Post.
The universities’ student governments’ executive branches called the bill, which prohibits the use of college student IDs as a valid form of identification at the polls, “saddening” and “harmful” to including students in the political process.
The involvement of college students was once lauded and seen as a sign of progress, the student leaders said. This legislation disregards over 20,000 students in North Carolina, who value their chance to participate in politics.
UNC and Duke Student Governments have devoted much work and time in the past years to securing voting sites on campus, to registering over 1,000 voters, to encouraging students to participate and voice opinions, and to raising awareness for various legislative issues.
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