Students and Common Cause Launch Voter Education Initiative
March 25, 2014 – Shaw University’s
Office of Student Activities and Greek Life and Shaw student leaders have
teamed up with community partner Common Cause to educate students about the upcoming
elections and the impact of North Carolina’s new voter law.
purpose of the initiative is to encourage Shaw students to participate in the
2014 elections and to educate students that no identification is needed to vote
in this year’s election. The initiative kicked off with a funeral procession,
where Shaw students carried a casket around campus with a sign “Don’t Let This
Be Your Rights” to signify the death of voting rights under NC’s new voter law.
In the Student Center, students held signs regarding exercising the right to
vote and passed out hand bills with voting information. They also made
announcements in the cafeteria encouraging students to register to vote and
reminding them of registration deadlines. Additional information sessions are
being held throughout the semester for students to learn more about obtaining a
NC ID card and how to vote with an absentee ballot.