Pirates look to the future — and past — ahead of Election 2020

As Election Day 2020 nears, East Carolina University looks to the future — and to the past.

Campus organizations like the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) are driving voter registration efforts during a contentious presidential race that will within weeks determine the direction of America for the next four years. The group’s work has helped ECU earn inclusion for three years running on Washington Monthly’s list of Best Colleges for Student Voting.

The ECU Poll, a polling center started three years ago by the Center for Survey Research, has garnered national attention by providing insight into how battleground state North Carolina is leaning.

This week, CLCE and the Women and Gender Office will look back on a historical moment — the ratification 100 years ago of the 19th Amendment — and virtually celebrate women’s right to vote in the United States.

And a trip down memory lane — recalling presidential visits on campus, beginning with John F. Kennedy in 1960 and including stops by both Joe Biden and Donald Trump — serves as a reminder that ECU has become a destination for candidates seeking to sway voters, giving students the opportunity for a front-row seat to democracy in action.