There’s not much more exciting in civic life than the buzz created by a presidential election. Hosting a national presidential nominating convention is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many cities and the universities that serve them. In 2012, with the whole nation – and much of the world – watching, UNC Charlotte will team with allies in higher education, business, civic leadership and community engagement to present the 49er Democracy Experience. The Experience brings together expert faculty, civic-minded students and community partners to develop educational programming to enhance the public understanding of and participation in our nation’s democratic process. As North Carolina’s urban research university and the Charlotte region’s largest higher education institution, it is fitting that UNC Charlotte is a leader in this initiative. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region; the 49er Democracy Experience is an expression of that commitment.
Joan Lorden, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The 49er Democracy Experience is a unique opportunity for students to engage in the presidential year excitement. Through the 49er Democracy Experience we encourage our classmates, friends, family, professors and all citizens to engage in creating the America we want. The future is ours – but we have to participate in our own lives. The 49er Democracy Experience gives us a chance to wade into the fray of civic engagement and learn by doing. If you’re a university or college student in the Charlotte region, join us in the Experience. If you’re a professor, show us how you walk the walk. If you’re a fellow citizen, we’ll see you along the way. No matter which party you support or who your favorite candidate is, we both – Democrats and Republicans – urge you to get involved: sign up for a class, attend a forum, apply for an internship, or volunteer at events. Step up and Stake Your Claim to the 49er Democracy Experience; we will.
UNC Charlotte is an early voting location for all Mecklenburg County residents October 18th through November 3rd.
NC law allows college students to register to vote and vote using their university address.
To register AND vote on the same day; you must provide proof of residence by showing:
For students who live on campus: present a valid student ID and log into 49er Express on your smart phone or on the laptop at the Cone Center to verify you are a current student.
Location: Cone 348
Weekdays, October 18th
through November 2nd
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat., October 20th and 27th
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun., October 21st and 28th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sat., November 3rd
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
For more information, visit the
Board of Elections
For Faculty/Staff who are not
residents of Mecklenburg County,
visit the NC Board of Elections to
find your early polling location.
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