I’m hitting four states in the next two weeks, and I started this swing close to home in North Carolina. Then I visit Florida, Wisconsin, and Minnesota before a quick respite and then I head out again. Since my travels are now in full swing, I recently shared some of my overarching insights over on my Huffington Post blog.
In North Carolina, I had the opportunity to meet with Governor Beverly Perdue to thank her for her support of the League and League efforts to protect North Carolina voters in this election. Thanks to her veto, voters will not have to produce restrictive, government- issued photo ID at the polls.
Like in previous states, I also got to meet with coalition partners, this time we met with some wonderful groups who are working side-by-side with the North Carolina League to make sure that voters have the right information about voting and have nonpartisan candidate information. We also met with the Lawyers for Social Justice who are representing the League and the NAACP in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina redistricting.
The president of Sand Hills Community College graciously allowed me to speak to his government course about the importance of voting both historically and in 2012. I always relish the opportunity to speak with voters to encourage them to take advantage of their right to vote. I also met with staff at the Piedmont Community Health Center in Carrboro, NC to learn about their efforts engaging their patients in the community and helping them participate in our democracy - a voting community is a healthy community. Our Leagues across the country have been active registering voters on community college campuses, at bus stops, senior centers, and at so many other locations, so I’m hopeful we’ll see more underrepresented voters at the polls this election.
Stay tuned for my next update from Florida!