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UNCW Votes promotes voter registration

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take the stage Monday night in what is expected to be one of the most widely viewed presidential debates. (Source: WECT) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take the stage Monday night in what is expected to be one of the most widely viewed presidential debates. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take the stage Monday night in what is expected to be one of the most widely viewed presidential debates. UNCW students want to make sure that everyone watching the debate is also registered to vote in the election.

UNCW Votes Week is geared toward making sure everyone is registered early. The initiative features workshops, speakers and debate watching parties. 
The university's biggest event is Super Tuesday, to register as many students as possible on National Voter Registration Day.

Elise Wilson is the founder of UNCW Votes. She said she'd like to see more student involvement as a whole.

"I don't think students realize their vote counts, whether they've lived here for a few years as students or they're going to live here the rest of their lives, I think that being engaged in the community they're in now is super important," she said.

North Carolina is a battleground state, and with so much attention on our area, Wilson said it's important for students to be informed voters.

"North Carolina is a swing state, and there's a lot of students in North Carolina, North Carolina is a huge university and college state and those students are a huge part of the population and could swing this election," Wilson said.

UNCW hopes to have more than 200 newly registered voters by the end of the week.

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