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Stories of citizens who thought they could never vote becoming registered voters.

Stories of people who thought they would be unable to vote because of lack of ID.

Stories of people being truly grateful for our information.

Stories of volunteers making new friends or encountering friends they haven't seen in years! 

Stories of humor & joy from all the different people we encounter. 

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  • Patricia Reed
    commented 2018-06-06 21:17:30 -0400
    My place to register voters is at the DMV . I’m there early in the morning and so the people standing in line have plenty of time to register. I meet so many people that have moved here from out of state and for me just being there is a service. I receive a lot of thank you for being here from the customers waiting in line. And just to educate and inform the people with the orange fridge cards to remind them of the dates is very important..
  • Happy Sayre-McCord
    commented 2016-11-07 11:20:16 -0500
    On Monday I took an older man from the Human Services Center downtown to the Board of Elections to vote. On Wednesday, he saw me again in the lobby of the HSC, and came up to me and asked if I remembered him. I said, “Of course, you’re Lamont.” He thanked me generously and said he wouldn’t have voted without our help, and was so glad he was able to.

    On Friday I took a man and his companion from HSC to do curbside voting. He is visually impaired and cannot write except his name. They both registered to vote and voted for the first time!
  • Jennifer Osborne
    commented 2016-11-06 18:34:42 -0500
    I made calls from home on Saturday morning, 11/5. One lady said she was so glad I had called. She didn’t realize it was the last day of Early Voting, and she said she would leave to go vote right that minute!
  • Emily Cox
    commented 2016-10-16 15:15:27 -0400
    AT CITY BBQ with Karen Holliman on a Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship-Youcanvote weekend dedicated to sharing Early Voting facts. Karen registered FIVE people (one who was in the parking lot and continued into the pet store) while I looked up two English as a Second Language Voters on youcanvote.org/voterlookup, who were worried about the status being annulled. In 5 seconds I could say, “Look, there you are ACTIVE status,” there were tears in our eyes! ALSO about a dozen-15 people sitting around visiting gladly discussed and asked questions about their friends and family, people who had moved, and can people still register on Nov. 8 (no). A number of people shared that they were carrying YOUCANVOTE materials to their churches that day to post onto their WEBSITES and to have ANNOUNCEMENTS made in the services and group meetings. I gladly share how Eno River UU Fellowship has been talking about voters rights in the services, in coffee hour and hosting partnerships with friends and other churches. There was a FRIENDLY feeling of SOLIDARITY and FOCUS without any rancor, fear-mongering or negativity! CITY BBQ, Hwy 54 at Fayetteville Rd, Friendly management, good food, good people!
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  • Elsadig Ibrahim
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-02 08:41:45 -0400
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  • Mark Hellman
    commented 2016-08-28 08:46:17 -0400
    We’re not just helping voters. They help us out too. When I mentioned to a woman with a pre-teen daughter that I didn’t know why Durham County was proposing Early Voting hours until 7:30 pm every day except Monday, October 31, when locations would close at 5:30, she said, “That’s Halloween.” Ah hah! So now, while we wait for approval of the plan by the state Board of Elections, it’s a simpler message: The Durham County BOE hopes to stay open till 7:30 every day except Halloween.
  • Mark Hellman
    commented 2016-08-26 18:02:55 -0400
    You learn interesting things while registering folks to vote. Recently I registered a newcomer who had lived on a “Schindler Drive” in his previous state. When I referred to the movie “Shindler’s List,” he said that the subdivision where he’d lived had been developed by two brothers who had been saved by Schindler during the Holocaust and that they named a street after him in every subdivision they built.
  • Earl Chestnut
    commented 2016-08-22 14:52:28 -0400
    I was at the DMV on Martin Luther King this morning (Monday August 22) . I arrive around 7:00 am and the line was already starting to form. People were also getting out their cards.

    As I manage to go the line and talk to each individual and asked them were they Register to VOTE and most of them said they had register to VOTE. So I pass each them a Orange Card explaining to them new changes and just about all of them were very appreciate of what I was telling them.

    The DMV line is a very long line but I manage to go the down the line pretty quickly and talk to just about everybody.

    So when I completed my shift I stop over at McDonald to get me a cup of coffee and buy me something eat. While I was line and as I got ready to pay. I heard someone holler and said I am paying for this. I turn around it was one of men in the line He told me he heard how I was explaining to everyone about the changes to the VOTER ID Law. How I had smile on my face so early in the morning. I think everybody in McDonald heard what he said. All I could say was thank-you and I really appreciate that. It made me feel really good that someone was taking notice to what youcanvote.org is all about.
  • Mark Hellman
    commented 2016-07-17 11:04:05 -0400
    A couple of ex-felons who didn’t realize they could vote again are among my favorites too. Also high on my list are the four citizens originally from India whom I was able to register at the Morrisville fireworks celebration on July 3. They were middle-aged, seemed quite middle-class, and didn’t comment that they’d just recently become citizens, so would they have gotten around to getting registered in time if we hadn’t been there that evening?
  • Karen Blase Fixsen
    commented 2016-07-14 13:50:22 -0400
    Recently I was passing out voting information and a man sadly shook his head and said, “I can never vote, I’ve got a felony.” I asked if this was recent and was he on probation. He said, “No, I paid my debt long ago.” When I told him he could vote he replied with a huge smile and said, “Then let’s get me registered.”
  • Deborah Hilgenberg
    commented 2016-07-14 08:36:14 -0400
    A young woman in Durham, registering as first time voter, paused at the question about party affiliation. She asked me what party Trump was representing, and what party was Clinton. Basic voter education/literacy is very important!
  • Ruth Gibson
    commented 2016-07-13 21:28:58 -0400
    I was registering voters on the fourth of July outside the Kenan Stadium fireworks show, and a young woman came up as I called out an invitation to register. She was just about to turn 18, in a matter of hours, and was excited about being able to register (also excited about being able to buy a lottery ticket) and very glad to hear that she could register right then and there. Fortunately her mom happened to have the last 4 digits of her social security #, so we got it all done. Yay!
  • susan Schaffer
    commented 2016-07-10 09:26:05 -0400
    At an event in Heritage Square, I had the good fortune of encountering a young Hispanic man, who was very enthusiastic about registering to vote. After assisting him in filling out his registration I learned that just the prior day he had been sworn in as a US Citizen and was overexcited to participate in our electoral system. I was honored!
  • Kate Fellman
    commented 2016-07-09 16:14:30 -0400
    Today a voter I approached said “I know I can’t vote – I heard on the news that I can’t vote because I don’t have a North Carolina ID.” She was thrilled when I told her we could register her and fill out an absentee ballot request right away to vote without photo ID from the convenience of her own home. In five minutes she was ready to go and will be a NC voter!
  • Ann Rebeck
    commented 2016-07-09 15:40:45 -0400
    I met a woman before she went into her church service. She asked if it was true that after probation someone could register to vote. I told her that was true and asked her if she knew someone like that. She said “Yes, me.” We filled out her form together.
  • Michael Durbin
    commented 2016-07-09 15:33:51 -0400
    As crowds gathered for July 4 fireworks at UNC Kenan Stadium, a woman approached YCV volunteer Rebecca and said it was her 18th birthday. “With my birthday on such a special day, I figured I should either buy a lottery ticket or register to vote, and then I saw you! So please help me register.”