The Right to Vote

Education and encouragement for civic engagement
Friday, February 22, 2019

A new voter identification law in North Carolina would allow the state’s students to use their institution-issued identity cards as valid voter identification.

At Appalachian, we have been both proactive and transparent as we continue our work to understand the many aspects of this state law. Many staff members are engaged in these efforts — our goal is to assure our students have legally recognized identification in order to vote.

I have engaged in many discussions — with legal counsel, members of the Student Government Association, faculty, staff and my colleagues in the system — about the legal aspects and responsibilities presented by this law. The exchange of ideas and issues is the very basis of critical thinking and discovery cherished by this university.

Our institution places enormous value on the civic engagement of our faculty, staff and students. Our focus during this process is and will continue to be on learning everything we can about this new law, and the ongoing education of our students and the greater Appalachian Community. We will work closely with the county and state boards of elections to be certain we educate and enable our students to assert their legal right to vote.

We will continue to explore, to evaluate and to educate. We will look to all constituents to inform our actions, and we will promote civic engagement at every level.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor