Democracy North Carolina’s Executive Director Bob Hall periodically posts commentary and links of interest about one of our core issue areas. Review his posts below or click here to automatically subscribe to our Link-of-The-Day feed via email and other options.

Court Protects Two Safety-Net Provisions in Election Law that Save Thousands of Voters

In a significant decision this afternoon, the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a ruling by federal District Court Justice Thomas Schroeder that would have repealed same-day registration during early voting and out-of-precinct voting on Election Day. The two provisions were in place for the March and June 2016 primaries and, because of today’s [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|Home Slider, Link-of-the-Day, Voting Rights|0 Comments

Democracy NC “Vote Protectors” Assist Hundreds of Voters

Durham, NC, March 16, 2016 – While most North Carolina voters cast their ballots with relative ease, thousands of others faced serious problems because of election law changes, according to a voting-rights organization that coordinated the largest nonpartisan poll monitoring program in the state’s history on March 15. Democracy North Carolina, in a partnership with Ignite NC, [...]

By | March 16th, 2016|Home Slider, Link-of-the-Day, Voting Rights|0 Comments

Op-ed: “NC voter ID law has become a dangerous farce”

Op-ed "How NC voter ID law has become a dangerous farce" originally published in the Raleigh News and Observer on January 27, 2016. Read full editorial here >> BY BOB HALL, DEMOCRACY NC In a matter of weeks, thousands of North Carolina voters will head to the polls unaware of what they’ll need to vote [...]

By | January 27th, 2016|Link-of-the-Day, Voting Rights|0 Comments

Millionaires, Corporations, Lobbyists and General Assembly Elites Get New Power

Statement from Bob Hall, Executive Director, Democracy North Carolina, September 25, 2015 The bill that changes the date of the 2016 primary election includes an unrelated, terrible section that will greatly expand pay-to-play politics in North Carolina. This last-minute addition allows the top four legislative leaders to create political slush funds that can receive unlimited donations [...]

Data Highlight: US Supreme Court Rejects Aggressive Segregation

In March, the US Supreme Court ruled that maps drawn by Alabama lawmakers distorted the requirements of the Voting Rights Act by packing African Americans into a small number of districts. Today, the Court pointed to that decision and ordered the NC Supreme Court to reconsider a challenge to the maps drawn by the Republican-controlled [...]

Data Highlight: Let Students Vote

NC Rep. Larry Hall and several other state legislators have introduced House Bill 240, “Allow NC College ID to Meet Voter ID Requirement,” at this link: The law requiring voters to present a photo ID, beginning in 2016, has generated considerable controversy, as well as legal challenges in federal and state courts. Often lost [...]

LOD: Pope is No Dope

The Washington Post published a front-page story on Sunday about Art Pope’s unique role as both a powerful inside and outside player in a state’s politics. The writer drew on interviews and material from several groups across the political spectrum, including Democracy NC, for the profile and a clever chart of Pope’s network of influence. The article [...]