St. Aug's students make their voices heard in Raleigh election

By Bryan Warner
Posted: Oct. 10, 2017

RALEIGH – Students from St. Augustine's University marched to the polls on Tuesday to make their voices heard in Raleigh's election for mayor and city council.

With members of the SAU marching band leading the way, students departed from campus and walked the half mile to the Tarboro Road Community Center to cast a ballot.

"For many of these students, this election was the first time they voted," said Alyssa Canty, college outreach coordinator with Common Cause NC. "We hope today's experience will lead to a lifetime of voting and democratic participation for the students."

To help inform students about this year's election, Common Cause NC provided printed copies of a nonpartisan voter guide featuring profiles on candidates vying for Raleigh mayor and city council. The guide is also available online at

In addition to St. Augustine's University, Common Cause NC is working with students at six other historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina, encouraging these young people to make their voices heard as part of the organization's Black Votes Matter campaign.



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