Elder Law Clinic and community groups to host ‘Voting in N.C.: What’s Changed and What to Know’ on Wednesday, Oct. 8

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Professor Kate Mewhinney

The Elder Law Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law is partnering with the N.C. Center for Voter Education, Democracy North Carolina, AARP North Carolina and the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad to host a voter education and awareness event, “Voting in N.C.: What’s Changed and What to Know,” at Senior Services in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. Topics covered include new rules on absentee voting and identification requirements, as well as the effective dates for each.  Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of new rules on older and disabled voters, but community leaders, caregivers and members of the public are all welcome to come and learn.

The educational program is designed to highlight key changes in the law and help with the potential confusion created by new voting requirements in effect for this year’s elections in North Carolina. Presenters will also explain how to navigate new requirements to ensure voters are able to cast a ballot in this year’s election. The event is organized to provide information and answer questions for voters in advance of the Nov. 4, 2014, election.

“In light of new election law changes and the potential for confusion caused by new voting requirements, we thought it would be helpful to host a community event to educate citizens on what it takes to exercise their right to vote,” said Professor Kate Mewhinney, director of the Wake Forest Elder Law Clinic. “Casting a ballot remains relatively simple, but only if voters are prepared and have the information necessary to navigate new voting rules.”

“We hope this event will be a way to engage community members in the importance of voting and we encourage all interested citizens to attend,” Mewhinney added.

Senior Services is located at 2895 Shorefair Drive NW. A light lunch will be served. An ASL interpreter will be provided.

The Elder Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to moderate-income seniors, and serves as a resource center for lawyers and other professionals. For more information, visit: