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General Assembly Republicans Aim to Rig the System for Control

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. Bills introduced on December 14 use a combination sledge hammer and surgical knife [...]

RESEARCH: McCrory Election Protests Targeted 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. “It’s incredibly irresponsible for Gov. McCrory to allow these poorly researched accusations against voters to continue,” said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North [...]

Tell 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. That will shift the Court’s ideological make-up from a conservative to a liberal-leaning majority. But multiple media outlets are reporting that leaders in the NC General Assembly plan to stifle Morgan’s [...]

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

State Board of Elections has extended voting hours in eight precincts  RALEIGH, N.C. - 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 [...]

Democracy NC Responds to Firebombing of NC GOP Office

DURHAM — Statewide voting rights organization Democracy North Carolina released the following statement on the weekend firebombing and vandalism of an Orange County Republican Party office. The following statement can be attributed to Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall. "As a nonpartisan organization dedicated to access, fairness and participation in our democracy, we are [...]

Democracy NC: State Board meeting an “overall victory” for North Carolina voters

Democracy NC Statement on State Board of Elections Approvals of Early Voting Plans Voting Rights group calls yesterday's meeting an “overall victory” for North Carolina voters. RALEIGH, N.C. — Yesterday, 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. In [...]

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

DEMOCRACY NC STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT’S DENIAL OF STAY OF NC VOTING LAW WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court refused a request by the state of North Carolina to temporarily block part of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling striking down North Carolina's restrictive 2013 voting law. With today’s decision, a federal appeals court’s [...]

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

A three-judge panel ruled Thursday afternoon that North Carolina legislators unconstitutionally used race when they drew legislative boundaries for state House and Senate members. The ruling, which overturned 28 N.C. House and Senate districts, is the latest federal ruling tossing district lines drawn by lawmakers. Statewide voting rights organization Democracy North Carolina applauded the ruling, calling [...]

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

Raleigh, N.C. – New figures released today during a Democracy North Carolina press conference 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, a [...]