Campus and community leaders to vote early at Chapel of the Cross

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Campus and community leaders to vote early at Chapel of the Cross

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Oct. 26, 2016) – Campus and town leaders will gather at Chapel of the Cross on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m., to encourage University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students and the Chapel Hill community to take part in the early voting process. Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and student government representative Wilson Sink will make brief remarks before casting their ballots. The public and media are invited to attend.

 

The Orange County Board of Elections selected Chapel of the Cross as an early voting site last year following concerns about the accessibility and availability of previous early voting sites on and near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

 

“Engaging with the community is at the core of what it means to be a Carolina student. In this election, students get to share their voice at the local, state and national level,” said Sink. “That’s why we want voting to be accessible to the University community as well as the greater Chapel Hill community.”

 

Chapel of the Cross is located at 304 E. Franklin St. Four other sites across Orange County will also be open for early voting through Saturday, Nov. 5. For more information about those locations please visit the Orange County Board of Elections website.

 

In an effort to get voters to the polls early, another coalition of student and community leaders is organizing a March to the Polls ahead of this event. The group plans to walk from the Pit, outside UNC-Chapel Hill student stores, to the Chapel of the Cross voting site starting at 1:45 p.m.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC Student Government contact: Wilson Sink, jwsink@live.unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu