Voters of North Carolina

Across the state, North Carolinians came out to vote this year for not only themselves, but for our communities, our children, our future and for those who are unable to. This year has brought hardships for many, but our endless desire to demand change and fight for a future we so desperately desire has propelled millions -- in record turnout numbers -- to cast their ballots this year.
 
Progress NC and local photographers joined together to document voter's experiences in North Carolina. Their stories are inspiring, joyful, and continue to show us that we are a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people.
 
Let these stories and the millions that voted despite the challenges, remind you that when we unite and come together in collective action, things change.  Voting is just one tool in our toolbox for creating a country that works for all of us.

Voters of NC – Mahawa & Kadeem

November 5, 2020

Mahawa Sannoh and Kadeem Richards, both 19 and 28 Fayetteville, NC  I’m 19 years old. I am in the United States army. I am originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, and I’m happy to vote. It’s actually my first time officially voting. It was a very unique experience to deal with COVID going on around,…

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Voters of NC – Jerome

November 5, 2020

Jerome Brown Raleigh, NC Jerome Brown is the chairman of the Wake County Voter Education. They’re a grassroots organization involved in local politics in Wake County. The organization has been in business since 1972.  “We have been here for the full 17 days of early voting and today. We want to finish that out so…

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Voters of NC – Glensie

November 5, 2020

Glensie Oxendine, 72 Pembroke, NC  I feel very confident that we are going to win. Our future, our children’s future is at steak.  Photo by Michele Jesus

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Voters of NC – Jennifer

November 5, 2020

Jennifer Melos, 23 Siler City, NC  I actually voted by mail two weeks ago, but it never showed up so that’s why I’m here. I mailed it and I’ve been getting calls and it seems that it never arrived. When I realized it wasn’t accepted, that’s when I quickly got my stuff and came down.…

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Voters of NC – Dailah

November 5, 2020

Dailah Wilson, 19 FTCC Student, first time voter Fayetteville, NC Voting today was pretty exciting. Everybody should vote because choosing a prescient isn’t easy, and you need someone to lead. Is all about who is able to lead you and every vote matters. That’s just how I feel about it.  I hope that everybody can…

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Voters of NC – Matt

November 5, 2020

Matt Radford, 32 Video game developer Raleigh, NC It felt important. It felt necessary. I mean, I woke up at 7:30 AM, I got out of bed, and I was really excited. And, you know, you only do this once every four years. And this one, this one’s big, there’s a lot at stake. We’re…

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Voters of NC – Bruno & Tim

November 5, 2020

Bruno Pavone and Tim Hicks Pittsboro, NC Volunteering as poll protectors with CWA Local 3611 In the Union, we keep organizing and mobilizing. A union is only as strong as the people involved. We mobilize to get together to offer support for the people and for our cause. As I got more involved, I realized…

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Voters of NC – Bryant

November 5, 2020

Bryant Parroquin, 23 Pittsboro, NC Where is this country heading? You see the news and it seems like everyone is preparing for the worst no matter what happens. In my community, immigration is always important. It’s very stressful seeing everything that goes on as far as families being split apart and things like that. I…

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Voters of NC – Tia

November 5, 2020

Tia Powell Morrisville, NC “I thought about the first time I voted.  I believe that’s when Obama was running for president. I was on campus at school and it was a monumental occasion for it to be my first time voting and first time there was an African-American president to vote for. So I felt…

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Voters of NC – Maria

November 5, 2020

Maria Gomez Flores, 24 Siler, City, NC I just can’t fathom people knowing how the family separations at the border – it’s a way to disincentivise immigration, but it’s causing mass separations among children from their families. 545 of the kids separated from their families, they couldn’t  find their parents. So my voting is based…

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Voters of NC – Clyde

November 5, 2020

Clyde Bethel, 32  Fayetteville, NC I’m from Miami originally, but I moved to North Carolina in 2016 with my wife and son. And I had a daughter in 2017 and I could say things have been going well, but I’m just hoping that it gets better after this election. I hope that it changes a…

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Voters of NC – Maranda

November 5, 2020

Maranda K. Jack, 24 Fayetteville, NC I actually feel really anxious. I only voted probably like twice in my life before, this being the second one. So yeah, I’m just anxious and I’m trying to do my part and use my voice the best way. For me as a black woman here, trying to raise…

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Voters of NC – Aaron

November 5, 2020

Aaron Goldston, 58 Siler City, NC I think it’s a good thing to vote. If you can make a change, make one. I think everyone should have a voice. Everything is not in our hands anyway. It’s in God’s hands, but we’re part of that. He put us here. So I vote for who I…

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Voters of NC – Darius

November 5, 2020

Darius McCall, 22 College student, theater major Pembroke, NC Voting was difficult, but they were being very nice. It was hard for me because I guess I’m not registered. They removed my registration for whatever reason. So I did a provisional vote, but I mean, the way I saw it really didn’t matter. I needed…

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Voters of NC – Chyna

November 5, 2020

Chyna Hammonds, 21 College student Pembroke, NC  I feel good about voting today and it’s very important because it’s rights, basically my human rights. So it was like, this year has been very tough for everyone, especially the African-American community and the LGBTQ plus community service. That’s why it’s important for me to vote. Photo…

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Voters of NC – Earl

November 5, 2020

Earl Bradley Durham, NC I voted for Biden because he’s for helping the people instead of leaving us out there to dry. And he’s for raising the minimum wage, which we need to raise to $15/hr.  Because at $7.25/hr we can’t live off of that. Only reason I say we can’t live off of that…

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Voters of NC – LaShawn

November 5, 2020

LaShawn Cox, 46 Fayetteville, NC I thought it was very important to vote today, in terms of the future for my children and for people that look like me and the struggles and things that we have to go through. I feel like it was very important to make sure that our vote was counted…

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Voters of NC – Danny

November 5, 2020

Danny Manning, 74 Raleigh, NC I’m a Vietnam veteran. I was in Vietnam in 1966 and 67. I came home, went to work for the postal service, and here I am today retired. [My first time voting] was in 1965 when the voting rights act was implemented by president Johnson.  It’s sad that we, as…

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Voters of NC – Tiffany

November 5, 2020

Tiffany Delotch Working mom and college student Raleigh, NC It’s time for change. I know we always say that, but this election seems way more important this time than it was four years ago.  I really don’t like some of the things that are going on in my community and just with the United States…

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Voters of NC – Cynthia

November 5, 2020

Cynthia J. Amos, 53 Fayetteville, NC What’s at stake for me is equality for everyone, no matter what color. And just to make sure that our voices are heard and basically that we know that we have that right.  Photo by Michele Jesus

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