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NC College Students Demand Voting Access and End to Attacks on Democracy

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (June 25, 2024) — Just over four months ahead of the 2024 General Election, students from across the state are convening to address issues of democracy that most affect young voters and demand fair, accessible options this fall and in the years to come.

From the impact of the voter photo ID law, to attacks on same-day registration and Early Voting, to more recent, blatant attempts to suppress free speech and bodily autonomy in response to protests across college campuses this spring, recent policy changes from both the 2023 and 2024 NC legislative sessions will have profound effects on student voters.

Students from Democracy North Carolina’s Democracy Summer internship program will host a press conference in Raleigh to speak on their experience as young voters in North Carolina and the challenges faced by them and their peers going into this crucial state and national election season.

WHAT: Democracy Summer Lobby Day Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 10:00 a.m.


  • IN-PERSON: In front of the NC General Assembly, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC
  • ONLINE: Instagram live at @democracync (full video will be shared after the press conference)


  • Miroslava Colan – North Carolina State University
  • Kendall Garraway – University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Fadiris Castro Guzman – North Carolina A&T
  • Destiny Gilliard – Fayetteville State University
  • Skylar McCormick – North Carolina A&T
  • Hunter Messick – Appalachian State University
  • Olivia Metelo – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Mia Neal – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Ben Neill – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • The Rev. Dr. Stefan Weathers, Sr. – Program Manager, Young Adult Engagement at Democracy North Carolina
  • Auden White – Davidson College

Democracy Summer is Democracy North Carolina’s annual summer internship program that teaches organizing principles in support of a better democracy. Now in its 25th year, the program equips North Carolina’s youngest voters with lifelong skills to work for positive social change in their communities. Learn more at


Democracy North Carolina is a statewide nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase civic participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and remove systemic barriers to voting and serving in elected office.