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Democracy North Carolina is the state’s most respected source of impartial data on the role of money in politics, voter participation and good government. Learn more »


Democracy North Carolina is one of the few advocacy groups in our state to maintain an on-the-ground grassroots organizing presence every year, all year round. Learn more »


Democracy North Carolina is dedicated to inspiring and training new civic leaders for our state, especially new leaders from younger generations who will secure and protect pro-democracy reform in the years to come. Learn more »


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Help Your Community Vote

We’re currently recruiting Vote Protectors! Democracy North Carolina trains and deploys volunteers to monitor key precincts in counties all over the state on Election Day to help voters cast their ballot and connect them with experts when they have problems.

Become a BOE Watchdog

County Boards of Elections are currently meeting to debate plans for where and when you can vote in November. Take action now to support strong Early Voting plans in your county for the 2016 General Election.

 Join our Faith Ambassador Network

Become the point of contact for voter information in your faith community and join a statewide network of thousands of people of faith leading the charge to help their members vote in 2016.

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Voting rules and procedures are constantly changing. For up-to-the-minute voting news and information, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our Links-of-the-Day.

What’s New?

Democracy NC: Ruling Overturning Gerrymandered Legislative Districts a “Tremendous Victory” for Voters

A three-judge panel ruled August 11 that North Carolina legislators unconstitutionally used race when they drew legislative boundaries for state House and Senate members. Democracy NC praised the ruling, which overturned 28 N.C. House and Senate districts, as the latest federal ruling tossing partisan district lines drawn by lawmakers.

Democracy NC Highlights Need for Strong Early Voting Plans: 73,500 Extra Hours – More Voters, Needing More Time to Vote

New figures show that North Carolina voters will need more time to cast ballots this fall, and they’ll face longer lines at the polls if action is not taken in the next 10 days by county and state officials. Democracy North Carolina said five indicators point to “a disastrous train wreck at the polls” if county boards of elections do not adopt more expansive early voting schedules than they used in the last presidential election.

VICTORY! Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down NC Voting Restrictions

On July 29, a federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s restrictive omnibus voting law in a sweeping victory for voting rights, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” Democracy North Carolina, the state’s largest voting-rights organization, praised the ruling.

Isela Gutierrez: Protecting the right to vote

Before North Carolina’s presidential primary disappears into the dustbin of history, it’s important to highlight a few takeaways that will undoubtedly play out in a big way during the November general election.

Democracy NC: March Primary Signals Big Problems for NC Voters

Democracy North Carolina released key findings from the March 2016 Primary on May 26, providing mounting evidence that North Carolina’s 2013 voting law is having a negative impact on voters. The research was included in an amicus brief that includes specific instances of voter disenfranchisement and asks a federal appeals court to overturn the law.

Democracy NC Demands Provisional Recount in Forsyth

Democracy North Carolina has found big problems with the handling of more than 100 provisional ballots in Forsyth County’s March Primary. The organization is demanding 130 ballots be counted.

29,000 NC Voters Saved by Provisions in Election Law that Legislators Aim to Kill

An analysis of data from the State Board of Elections reveals that more than 29,000 voters were able to participate in the March 2016 primary by using safety-net provisions in North Carolina’s election law that the General Assembly majority has tried to eliminate.

Federal Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Districts

 A federal court panel ruled that two of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts are racial gerrymanders and must be redrawn.

Problems at the Polls in 2014

Reports on Silenced Voters, Poll Worker Error, and Election Staff Worries Show Damage from New Voting Law.

Groups Challenge Drop in Voter Registrations

Groups file a lawsuit against NC for violating the federal voter registration law after the agencies fail to fix systematic problems.

Research Highlights

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