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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!
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Democracy NC Responds to SCOTUS Decision in in Covington Redistricting Case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by North Carolina lawmakers to review a case that struck down 2011 state legislative districts drawn as illegal racial gerrymanders. The Court also sent the case back to the lower court to determine whether elections should be held in 2017 as initially ordered. Democracy North Carolina praised the decision, saying “for too long , North Carolinians have been beholden to lawmakers in discriminatory districts.”
Democracy NC Responds to Supreme Court Remand of Racial Gerrymandering Case
The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday to send a racial gerrymandering case back to the N.C. Supreme Court in light of last week’s Cooper v. Harris decision. Dickson v. Rucho is one of two racial gerrymandering cases that were left pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices last week decided Cooper v. Harris, affirming a lower court ruling finding North Carolina’s GOP drew unconstitutionally racially gerrymandered congressional districts. Democracy North Carolina praised the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, calling on the state Supreme Court to finally provide “the fair and legal Congressional and legislative districts” North Carolinians deserve.
Report: NC Adds 1 Million Voters from Obama to Trump
North Carolina has added nearly one million voters to the registration rolls since Barack Obama’s first victory in the state in May 2008 – and a surprising four out of five of them (80%) are refusing to choose a party label, according to an analysis by the voting rights group Democracy North Carolina.
Democracy NC Celebrates Supreme Court’s Decision on Monster Law
Democracy North Carolina celebrates this victory that has been years in the making. Importantly, the evidence used to defeat the 2013 Monster Law came from an analysis of who previously used the provisions restricted by the law (such as same-day registration), as well who would likely be harmed by a new photo ID requirement. Based on that evidence, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rightly concluded the Monster Law (H589) aimed to suppress the votes of African Americans “with almost surgical precision.” Read more >>
Senate Elections Committee Chair Violates Disclosure Law, Is Suspected of Excess Payments to Himself
Democracy NC is calling on State Sen. Ralph Hise, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Elections, to recuse himself from any further involvement with restructuring the State Board of Elections because he faces charges of violating campaign disclosure laws and illegally pocketing more than $10,000 from his campaign account.
New Poll Supports Voters’ Call for Redistricting Reform
What’s one thing that Donald Trump supporters and African Americans in North Carolina agree on? By large majorities, according to a new poll, they think the way state legislators draw their political districts is unfair and too influenced by partisan politics. The poll, commissioned by the nonpartisan group Democracy North Carolina, reveals unusually broad support across the political spectrum for redistricting reform.
Democracy NC Responds to Elections Report, Calls for Education
Democracy NC Calls for Criminal Investigation of McCrory Conspiracy Against NC Voters
Voting rights group Democracy North Carolina released a report providing a first, county-by-county look at the human cost of hundreds of false voter fraud allegations leveled by the 2016 reelection campaign of former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. The report entitled The Deceit of Voter Fraud is a product of a five-month investigation into false allegations of voter misconduct and uncovers a pattern of unsubstantiated charges of election fraud and irregularities, without regard for the harassment and harmful impact on innocent voters. Democracy North Carolina is calling for a criminal investigation by state and federal agencies into these findings of wrongdoing.
Democracy NC Statement on S68 – Rewrite of Election Boards
The General Assembly passed another bill (S68) to combine regulation of ethics, elections and lobbying under one agency – which in itself may have merits. But GOP lawmakers manipulated the makeup of the state and local boards to give Republicans control over all decisions. See our response.
Voters Accused of Fraud Share Stories of Shock & Anger, Push State Elections Board for Changes
Voters in 16 North Carolina counties who were falsely accused of voter fraud by Gov. Pat McCrory’s 2016 reelection campaign are sharing their stories of shock and outrage with the State Board of Elections and calling on the agency to change the process that allowed charges to be filed against them without any evidence of wrongdoing. We share their stories.
DATA HIGHLIGHT: Beer Money Buys Protection from Competition
On March 4, 2017, The Charlotte Observer published an unusual story about NC legislative leaders stifling competition, contrary to their call to liberate business from government regulation. Craft brewers in cities across the state want to expand production, but a state law requires them to market their product through established beer distributors if they produce more than 25,000 barrels a year. The craft brewers want to raise the cap and have the option to sell without a middleman, but as the story says, “a big campaign donor is getting in the way.” Democracy North Carolina analyzed the campaign money donated by North Carolina beer wholesalers for the Observer. The total during 2013-2016 is astonishing.
Democracy NC Applauds Actions By Governor, Attorney General to Protect Voting Rights
Following weeks of calls and emails from constituents, today Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein took steps to withdraw the state’s petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court of State of North Carolina v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the state’s strict voting law overturned by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals last year. The Supreme Court is expected to review the Writ of Certiorari at its March 3 conference. In a statement applauding this action, Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall called it a “wise decision.”
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
Democracy NC Announces Retirement of Longtime Executive Director
Research Finds Election Protests from McCrory Campaign Malign Innocent People
Wake County Superior Court Refuses to Keep Durham County Polls Open Despite Delays and Glitches
Democracy NC Statement on State Board of Elections Approvals of Early Voting Plans
Democracy NC Calls for “All Hands on Deck” After SCOTUS Denies Stay of Voting Law
Democracy NC: Ruling Overturning Gerrymandered Legislative Districts a “Tremendous Victory” for Voters
Democracy NC Highlights Need for Strong Early Voting Plans: 73,500 Extra Hours – More Voters, Needing More Time to Vote
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.