Carolina Votes

Carolina Votes is a strategic objective within the "Promote Democracy" Initiative that aims to actively engage the Carolina Community by working with key campus partners to organize educational events, voter registration, and voter education opportunities. This includes providing the latest information concerning upcoming elections and voter registration. Please visit the pages below to find that content or ask us a question.

Election 2022

We know it’s a busy time of year for you. Make a plan to visit the polls and be sure to make your voice heard. Early voting for the  2022 statewide general election begins Thursday, October 20. If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration, same-day registration is available during early voting. You can only vote early in your county of residence. A college student may register in their college community or remain registered at home. More information about registering to vote as a college student can be found at the North Carolina Board of Elections website. If you are registered to vote in Orange County or are eligible to use same-day registration at an Orange County early voting site, the closest early voting location to campus is Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St. (next to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center). To register to vote during the early voting period, be sure to bring proof of residency, showing your name and current address. If you live in a residence hall on-campus, including in the Granville Towers complex, Orange County election officials have a roster, so you may show your OneCard as proof of residency.

Please check the Orange County Board of Elections website or your home county’s Board of Elections website, for more information about early voting locations and hours. During early voting, you may vote at any early voting location in your county of residence.If you would prefer to vote by mail, you must submit a request for an absentee ballot by Tuesday, Nov. 1 and return your completed ballot by 5 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. If you are registered to vote, you can vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. You can check your registration, find your polling place and download a sample ballot at the N.C. State Board of Elections website. There is no same-day registration available on Election Day

This message is sponsored by: Promote Democracy, Student Affairs and Community Relations, Student Life and Leadership and the Carolina Center for Public Service

Get Involved

Carolina is incredibly fortunate to have countless student clubs and organizations actively working to engage our campus and community. If you would like to help promote democracy on campus we recommend getting involved via Heel Life. Getting involved can be fun, easy, and a transformational way to make the most of your Carolina experience. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at studentlife@unc.edu.

Civic Engagement Working Group

The UNC Civic Engagement Working Group connects leaders across campus working on voter registration and engagement. The group aims to create a coalition of student organizations for coordination in civic engagement efforts, provide a set of materials and best practices for voter engagement messaging, gather student input and support for institutional civic engagement efforts, and lay the groundwork for a culture of civic engagement beyond elections. If you or your organization are interested in joining the working group, please contact Natasha Young at natasha.young@unc.edu.

Carolina Votes Campus Partners

The Carolina Votes Initiative is proud to partner with the following nonpartisan student organizations and campus departments:  

If you or your organization are interested in joining this initiative, please contact the Civic Engagement Working Group administrator Natasha Young at natasha.young@unc.edu.

Chapel Hill Peoples Academy

The Chapel Hill Peoples Academy is an opportunity to learn, connect and lead. Participants learn about Chapel Hill’s town services and opportunities, connect with local leaders and community members, and lead by engaging in dialogue about community issues. ALL people that live, work, play, pray or study in Chapel Hill are invited to register. Information can be found on the Peoples Academy website.

This year, UNC is partnering with the Town of Chapel Hill to also offer the UNC Peoples Academy to specifically highlight opportunities for service, internships and engagement with local governmental organizations. Learn more and register here.