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NEXT STEPS: Join Us for the 11th Annual Moral March

Join us for the 11th annual Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People's Assembly on February 11, 2017. This annual mass mobilization of the Historic Thousands on Jones St. Coalition brings together justice-loving people from across the state and nation to stand against attacks on the people of North Carolina and continues the fight for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Democracy NC Announces Retirement of Longtime Executive Director

DURHAM, N.C. — Longtime Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall has announced that he will retire next spring. Plans for the leadership change, quietly underway for over a year, were announced this morning in an email to the organization’s more than 70,000 supporters. For the past 25 years, Hall has directed the organization’s campaigns [...]

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 [...]