Five LWVODC volunteers: Barry Bassett, Kathy Kuntzman, Maria Lapetina, Vickie Shea and Terry Landers attended the Naturalization Ceremony on April 12, 2019 at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center
The ceremony was held in the Nelson Mandala Auditorium. Fifty-eight individuals from 26 different countries were scheduled to be sworn in. The UNC Color Guard and an all-female a cappella group started the program.
The oath of allegiance was administered And each newly naturalized citizen was called to receive their certificate.
During the reception which followed, there was a very enthusiastic crowd and we registered 24 of the new citizens to vote.
The 24 signed applications were delivered to the Orange County Board of Elections Friday afternoon.
This is the 5th time that a Naturalization Ceremony has been held at UNC Global, and they intend to continue doing so every spring. The Manager of Global Events thanked us for participating, and we agreed to see each other again next year.
1. Protect Sunday voting, with a special emphasis on religious accommodation. Orthodox Jews will not drive or participate in a Saturday voting day, so for those who work, Sunday is the only day for them to vote during early voting.
2. Ensure that locations for early voting are easy for college students, the elderly, rural citizens, etc. to use. Ensure that parking is available. Consider the needs of the handicapped.
3. Consider geographical location. How many miles and how long will it take for a person to get to the nearest early voting sites?
The LWV ODC is committed to attending Board of Election meetings to ensure that these issues are raised and protected. Please contact Brenda Rogers if you would like to attend your local Board of Elections meeting on behalf of the League.