The ceremony was held in the Nelson Mandala Auditorium. 60 individuals from 30 different countries were scheduled to be sworn in.
During the reception which followed, we registered 21 of the new citizens to vote. One gentleman was so anxious to vote now, that he took an application with him, with the intention to register and vote at a one-stop voting location.
This is the 4th time that a naturalization ceremony has been held at UNC Global, and they intend to continue doing so every spring.
We were thanked for participating and asked if we would do so again next year. I of course said YES!
1. Protect Sunday voting, with a special emphasis on religious accommodation. Orthodox Jews will not drive or participate in a Saturday voting day, so for those who work, Sunday is the only day for them to vote during early voting.
2. Ensure that locations for early voting are easy for college students, the elderly, rural citizens, etc. to use. Ensure that parking is available. Consider the needs of the handicapped.
3. Consider geographical location. How many miles and how long will it take for a person to get to the nearest early voting sites?
The LWV ODC is committed to attending Board of Election meetings to ensure that these issues are raised and protected. Please contact Brenda Rogers if you would like to attend your local Board of Elections meeting on behalf of the League.