RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Board of Elections says a student at Elizabeth City State University can run for city council.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Montravias King to run for the seat representing the campus.
Pasquotank County Republican Party Chairman Pete Gilbert had challenged King's residency. King has been registered to vote in the county since enrolling in college in 2009 and says he plans to stay after graduation.
During an interview with WAVY News 10's Andy Fox in August, King said, "The law the Supreme Court has clearly ruled is that the students have the right to vote in the city where they attend school. If I have the right to vote here, then I should have the right to run here," King said.
The state election board also is considering appeals of a ruling made by the election board in Watauga County.
The Watauga board eliminated an early voting site and election-day precinct at Appalachian State University.
Voting rights advocates say the moves signal a statewide effort by Republicans to discourage turnout among young voters considered more likely to support Democrats.
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