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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 »

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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 »

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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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Become a Digital Democracy Defender 

Democracy NC’s Digital Democracy Defenders (or #3D) is our first-ever online crowdspeaking team that amplifies our most important messages on social media by helping us say it together. Sign up now for upcoming information on how to spread the Democracy NC word where you already are — on social media.

ACT: Tell Cooper & Stein to Take a Simple Step to Strengthen Voting

North Carolina’s new Governor and Attorney General could take one simple step to protect voting rights in our state: Gov. Roy Cooper and A.G. Josh Stein could withdraw the State’s official request asking the U.S. Supreme Court to bring back the state’s Monster Voting Law. Take one simple step — email and call Cooper and Stein and ask them to do it (we’ve made it easy).

Fight for Democracy, One Action at a Time

Whether you have a few minutes, a few hours, or a bit longer, there’s always time to fight for Democracy. Sign a petition, volunteer for us, attend an event… Whatever you want to do, take action today and be part of a  movement standing together for a political system that works for all.

ACT: Sign the Petition to End Illegal Gerrymandering

In an effort to make North Carolina’s elections fair, reduce political divides, and stop racial gerrymandering (and the endless litigation that follows), Democracy North Carolina joins our coalition partners to support legislation that establishes an independent commission to create voting districts in a fair and open process. Join us in calling for our lawmakers to support independent redistricting reform ~ we’ll deliver the message.

REQUEST A SCREENING: “Democracy for Sale”

North Carolina — perhaps more than any other state in the Union — has been transformed by the new and growing tidal wave of political spending. Zach Galifianakis, the comic star of “The Hangover” movies, travels back to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy. Request a screening near you.

MLK ACTION GUIDE: Step Toward Justice

The legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. calls us to fight for justice in 2017. Download or order print versions of our all-new MLK-inspired action guide — for your event, rally, march, school, community or faith center!

Become a BOE Watchdog

County Boards of Elections are meeting monthly to debate plans for where and when you can vote. Take action now ~ become a BOE Watchdog in your county.

 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.

Stay informed

Voting rules and procedures are constantly changing. For up-to-the-minute voting news and information, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our email updates.

What’s New?

ANALYSIS: Who Voted in 2016 & Who Didn’t

New data from the State Board of Elections shows that 69% of North Carolina’s 6.9 million registered voters cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election, just 1 percent behind the modern turnout record set in 2008. But an analysis by the voting rights group Democracy North Carolina reveals wide variations in who showed up and who didn’t among 47 subgroups of voters.

General Assembly Republicans Aim to Rig the System for Control

Senate Bill 4 is one glaring example of the legislation aimed at rigging the system to undercut the election of Roy Cooper as Governor and Michael Morgan as Supreme Court justice. In a deceitful display of raw power, Republican leaders of the NC General Assembly changed from smiling helpers of hurricane victims to greedy manipulators determined to expand their power, even as the federal courts said their legislative districts (and election) were illegitimate.

Democracy NC Announces Retirement of Longtime Executive Director

Longtime Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall has announced that he will retire next spring. For the past 25 years, Hall has directed the organization’s campaigns to increase voter participation and reduce the corrupting role of money in North Carolina politics. The organization is currently leading a national search for Hall’s successor.

Research Finds Election Protests from McCrory Campaign Malign Innocent People

A new analysis reveals that nearly half of the people that the Pat McCrory campaign and its allies have accused of illegally voting as felons are not serving a felony sentence. Claims of widespread fraud are being repeated over and over. In reality, the number of votes contested in the McCrory campaign protests are very small and many of the claims are completely false.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Lawmakers: Stop the Packing of NC’s Supreme Court

The people have spoken. Last week, voters elected Michael Morgan, an African-American judge from Wake County, to serve on the North Carolina Supreme Court. But multiple media outlets are reporting that leaders in the NC General Assembly plan to stifle Morgan’s voice – and yours! – by what’s known as “court packing.”

Wake County Superior Court Refuses to Keep Durham County Polls Open Despite Delays and Glitches

Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens denied a request to extend voting hours in Durham County, N.C. The request was brought by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Democracy North Carolina after computer glitches earlier in the day led to delays and long voting lines.

Democracy NC Statement on State Board of Elections Approvals of Early Voting Plans

In a 12-hour marathon meeting, the N.C. State Board of Elections resolved the contested Early Voting plans from 33 of the state’s 100 counties. Democracy North Carolina called the meeting an “overall victory” and lauded the actions of the State Board, its staff, and the local leaders who fought for strong Early Voting plans.

Democracy NC Calls for “All Hands on Deck” After SCOTUS Denies Stay of Voting Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request by North Carolina to temporarily reinstate the state’s restrictive 2013 voting law. With this decision, a federal appeals court’s July ruling will stand, at least through 2016, eliminating North Carolina’s photo ID requirement and restoring preregistration, 17 days of Early Voting, same-day registration, and out-of-precinct voting. Democracy North Carolina, which opposed the 2013 voting law, heralded the Court’s action and called for the state leaders to turn their full attention to the important work of holding fair elections this fall.

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.

Click here to see all of the latest Democracy NC posts on Voting Rights.

Research Highlights

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