Senator Mike Woodard (Dem. – District 22) spoke to students, faculty and staff of Piedmont Community College (PCC) on Wednesday, September 14 on the history and importance of Constitution Day.

Constitution Day is the federal observance of when the Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Woodard informed attendees that the United States Constitution is the oldest and longest standing federal constitution and it remains a powerful symbol of unity.

“The Constitution is a living, breathing document that is interpreted everyday in all levels of government,” Woodard said.

Woodard encouraged everyone to see the Constitution on display in person at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. or to see the North Carolina State Constitution when on display at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.

Woodard stressed the importance of participating in democracy and for students to find a way to get involved in the issues they care about. He noted that he found ways to be involved in his church and through civic organizations before being elected to Senate in 2012. Woodard emphasized that everyone should be registered to vote and have correct voter identification if they are old enough to be registered to vote.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport; it is a participatory sport,” Woodard said. “We are the participators in democracy.”

PCC student identification cards have been approved for use as voter identification cards through December 31, 2024. PCC’s Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting a National Voter Registration Day event on the Person and Caswell County Campuses on Tuesday, September 19. For more information, contact Tiffany Skouby at tiffany.skouby@piedmontcc.edu.

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