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by Jean McCamy
I have a granddaughter turning 21 this week. That’s an exciting transition into the adult world with all its privileges and responsibilities. When I reached that milestone, it meant that I could finally vote, but today’s young people get that privilege several years earlier.
I remember how thrilled Grace was when she turned 18 in September, in time to register for a November election, and she has been a conscientious voter ever since.
This year, however, is problematic, because she is away at college and campus polling places seem to be in question.
Even though this is not a national election, there are some important local issues on the ballot and I suspect she cares enough about voting to drive home, even if it means cutting classes. Not all students are close enough to have that option, however, and it is a real shame.
I think we all want the younger generation to take an interest in government, and casting a vote is probably the first step they take.
When the new voting regulations take effect, it may be tough for a lot of students to get to the polls and we all need to help.
No matter what your party affiliation is, if you have children or grandchildren over 18 on a college campus somewhere, I suspect you want each of them to be able to exercise their right as an American to cast a ballot. If that is not possible in person, they can do it by absentee ballot.
For information, look up North Carolina Absentee Ballot on Google.
Let’s all make a real effort to see that every North Carolina college student who needs an absentee ballot gets one.
—Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.