Op-Ed: Why We’re Getting the Vote Out for Hillary and You Should Too

Written by Hugh Baran and Heather Stoloff

We are now a week away from election day. This election will have a significantly larger impact on our lives than our school work for the next week will. As law students, the outcome of this election could shape our careers. It will certainly affect legislation, enforcement, and judicial appointment, including tipping the balance on the Supreme Court. It is imperative that students take action and get involved before it is too late. Acknowledging the importance of encouraging involvement, the Office of Student Affairs asked professors to excuse absences and record classes for students participating in Election-related activities. Studying for finals can happen into December but the fight to win this election has to happen now.

A team of NYU Law students are heading down to #GetOuttheVOTE in Charlotte, North Carolina from November 5th to November 8th. Due to generous donations, mostly from NYU faculty and friends, we now have funds in place to cover the airfare, housing, and on-the-ground transportation of at least 20 students who want to go to North Carolina. We are continuing to fundraise in hopes of covering more students. We encourage students to join us and help get out the vote for Hillary Clinton this weekend.

By all accounts, North Carolina is one of the most important states during this election. A win for Hillary in North Carolina would be a powerful rejection of the politics of the alt-right. Trump is aggressively targeting his voter suppression efforts in North Carolina, attempting to disenfranchise North Carolinians. It is going to take person-to-person contact to ensure he won’t succeed. We also have a very serious chance to elect the former leader of the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Deborah Ross, to the United State Senate and topple an awful GOP senator, in the race that could prove decisive in Senate control and, hence, determine the fate of the 9th seat on the Court. And we can help defeat Governor McCrory, who signed and is defending the heinous and hateful H.B. 2 “trans bathroom bill” — the most anti-LGBTQ law in the country, which repealed Charlotte’s anti-discrimination law and banned trans people from using public restrooms. Winning this race is critical to undoing this hateful law.

Please join us in North Carolina to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton in this historic election! If you are interested or have any questions, please email Hugh Baran, Heather Stoloff, Molly Griffard or Sara Maldonado.

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