I want to tell you about a compelling series of posts that we’re running on my Facebook page featuring young voters from AB-Tech, Warren Wilson College, and UNC-Asheville.
I also want to share my endorsements with you:
Early voting has begun. So please click on votevanduyn.com/vote for voting hours, locations, and a link to the Democratic candidate slate card. Early voting runs through Nov. 1.
In the races with more than one Democratic choice, I endorse John S. Arrowood (Court of Appeals) and J. Matthew Martin (District Court Judge). I also endorse Nancy Waldrop, who is an Independent running for Buncombe County Commissioners in District 3. We also need to send Ellen Frost back to the Buncombe County Commission and Kay Hagan back to the U.S. Senate.
For the sake of education, our economy, and our beautiful environment, I’m working night and day to get reelected. With Rep. Susan Fisher, Brian Turner, and John Ager, we will get education back on track for our state’s children.
Encouraging young people to vote:
Recently, MSNBC featured a wonderful photojournalism piece by Asheville-based photographer Mike Belleme featuring portraits and quotes of newly registered voters in N.C. My campaign team started thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great for us to do a similar project featuring young voters from AB-Tech, UNC-Asheville, and Warren Wilson College?”
Kelly Giarrocco, a recent UNCA graduate and also my campaign coordinator, took the pictures (see below). We’ll post more on my Facebook page during the early voting period.
Why focus on the youth vote?
When young people vote, our team wins. That’s why young people have become the target for NC GOP voter suppression tactics. Appalachian State, for instance, gained national attention after state Republicans fought to have the students’ early voting location moved off-campus, making it harder for young people to vote.
Like their adult Democratic counterparts, young people tend to sit out midterm elections. The midterms lack the glamor of the presidential election, but it’s a time when a vote can make even more of a difference on the state and local level. So we wanted to talk to local students and ask them to share a quote about voting. We also discussed the fact that every vote counts. For instance in 2012, the students of Warren Wilson College played a crucial role in electing Ellen Frost to the Buncombe County Commission. The students at Warren Wilson are very well aware and proud that their 18 votes saved the day.
Before 2010, Democrats had worked so hard to encourage young people to vote and actively participate in democracy and stand in their power.
The Institute of Southern Studies just published an in-depth article detailing the need for young people to vote. “In order to build a robust infrastructure of opportunity in communities across the South, young people need to have a voice in the debates and decisions that affect their lives.”
The young people I’m highlighting on my Facebook get that. Hannah Larsen, an anthropology/sociology major at Warren Wilson College, said, “I’m voting because it’s important to be involved in choosing who makes the decisions and what decisions are being made.”
Thank you, Hannah!
Our hope is that the young voters featured on my Facebook page will inspire their peers to vote. So much is at stake for them. Here are a few of the photos we’ve shared over the past week: