Next summer, all eyes will be on Charlotte as the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Before politicians, supporters and news outlets descend on the Queen City, C-SPAN brought its tour bus to west Charlotte to engage young voters ahead of next year’s presidential election.
On Friday, the 45-foot, state-of-the-art mobile classroom and production studio pulled up on the campuses of West Charlotte High School and Johnson C. Smith University looking to hear more about the campaign issues that mattered to students.
Since September, C-SPAN’s Battleground States Tour has been making stops in states that will play a pivotal role in the 2020 presidential election.
Interactive kiosks displayed campaign speeches, electoral college maps and other information to learn more about the candidates and their platforms. Toward the back of the bus, students shared their opinions on top issues as part of the “Voices from the Road” project.
Generation Z — voters who will be between ages 18 and 23 next year — are expected to have a noticeable impact in the 2020 presidential election. According to the Pew Research Center, Gen Z is projected to be 10% of eligible voters.
For JCSU senior Shakoya Brown, health care and upward mobility are topics she’s looking for presidential candidates to address.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what their plans are to make sure students and people who don’t have access to the healthcare system get what they need,” said Brown, JCSU’s student government president. “In addition, upward mobility is really important to me as we approach 2020, considering I go to school in an area affected by opportunity zones and I live in an area affected by opportunity zones.”
C-SPAN previously visited JCSU in February 2017 as part of its Historically Black Colleges and Universities bus tour.
The Battleground States Tour continues through December when it returns to Washington, D.C.
Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.