• Features

    East student voters prepared for the NC election this month

    Without degrees, careers or even sometimes transportation, young people have been forced to get creative in order to be heard. Protests, marches and the advent of social media provide increased visibility and the ability to affect change for young people. The most conventional practice of democracy, however, is voting. The 2018 midterm elections could allow for the country’s leaders to realize the interests and opinions of its younger citizens, which can only be accessed if they decide to vote. According to Electproject.org, voters 18 to 24 have consistently lower turnout rates than their older counterparts. 18 to 24 year olds have turnout rates between twenty and forty percent, while thirty to…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    NC GOP leaders seek to reduce early voting periods

    By Karlton Tate As North Carolina gears up for election season this November, the voting controversy has once again reared its ugly head. State Republican party leaders, in the wake of the federal government’s slap on the wrist, have now shifted their focus towards achieving a discriminatory reduction of the early voting period. Last July, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down many elements of North Carolina’s controversial Voter Information Verification Act. This law contained a provision which required voters to bring a government issued photo ID to the polls, and this component of the law was specifically dismantled by the court as an unconstitutional restriction on voting…

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    Results of Myanmar’s recent nationwide election show promising steps toward democracy

    By Karlton Tate On Nov. 8, Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty craned their necks towards Southeast Asia to see the results of Myanmar’s crucial nationwide election as the votes dribbled in. American Embassy officials in Myanmar observed intently in every state and region of the country on election day, as the United States has considerable political interests in the country. Several waves of Burmese immigrants have arrived on American shores fleeing political strife and military dictatorship, and many of these immigrants have been welcomed into the CHCCS school system and the the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi led the National League for Democracy Party (NLD)…