Updated 09/19/2012 01:08 PM
First lady to stress voter registration at NC Central, ECU
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DURHAM -- First Lady Michelle Obama will make her way to the Tar Heel state Wednesday. She has plans to stop at two universities during her visit, speaking at North Carolina Central in Durham and East Carolina in Greenville.
The first lady will not only be in town to get students fired up about the upcoming election that's less than two months away, but she'll also be making a big push to encourage students to register to vote. Her visit is what had students at both campuses lining up days in advance for tickets.
This week, NC Central and ECU have been buzzing with excitement as students rushed to get ticket to get their hands on tickets to see the first lady in person.
"Many of these students are first time voters," said Corey Terry, a graduate assistant at NCCU. "I think it would be a good opportunity to get them to participate in the elections."
As the clock continues to tick toward Election Day, the emphasis in Wednesday's speech will not only be centered on the campaign efforts for President Barack Obama, but to get people registered to vote in a tech savvy way.
North Carolina will be among 10 other state where people can go to the campaign's website and sign their names to a registration form from a smartphone or tablet. Teachers say events help promote voter education.
"I think it's good to hear what the candidates have to say and then based on what the candidates say, make a decision on who they feel would be best to represent the country," said Terry.
They're hoping Wednesday's visit paints a bigger picture for the upcoming election, stressing the importance of knowing the key issues each candidate stands for.
As for Wednesday's visit, Obama will make her way to NC Central and is expected to speak around 2 p.m. She will then head over to ECU to speak to students there around 6 p.m.
News 14 Carolina will have a crew at both of her speeches in Durham and at ECU in Greenville.