Democracy NC

Election deniers are primed to challenge votes in NC. Voting rights groups are on alert.  

BY: - October 7, 2022

As the Wake County Board of Elections neared the end of its first tally of mail-in ballots this week, Marian Lewin rose from her seat in the audience to ask about the totals.   How many ballots were approved? Were any “spoiled,” requiring ballots be reissued? 

PW investigates: Lax reporting laws allow campaigns to hide how millions are spent

BY: - July 1, 2021

Election watchdogs call on regulators to better track and police campaign consultant expenditures In the final two months of the 2020 General Election, the campaign of Cal Cunningham, the Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina, shelled out $25 million to the consulting firm Screen Strategies Media, apparently for advertising.

Voting rights advocates respond to latest voter ID ruling

BY: - December 3, 2020

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit may have voided a District Court ruling that put a preliminary hold on the General Assembly’s latest effort to require North Carolinians to produce a photo ID in order to vote yesterday, but it’s far from the end of the story according […]

Voting rights group: Court’s ruling assures errors in mailed ballots will be cured

BY: - October 16, 2020

There’s been a great deal of legal back and forth in recent weeks regarding the issue of mailed ballots in North Carolina and while there remain differences of opinion as to what’s best and constitutional when it comes to assuring that voters get a chance to cure any errors they may have made, voting rights […]

Democracy NC: Voting-by-mail numbers for NC are shattering records

BY: - September 10, 2020

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the recent report from analysts at Democracy North Carolina about the record-shattering number of requests for mail-in ballots being submitted by North Carolina voters. This is from the report, which also features several useful graphics and numerous specific details related to race, geography and party: […]

Emergency order issued by State Board of Elections for fall election; watchdog group says more action needed

BY: - July 17, 2020

The State Board of elections issued a detailed, eight page emergency order today to deal with administering the 2020 election during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the order. Travis Fain of reported this summary: “The order requires at least one early voting location per 20,000 registered voters. That may mean a dramatic […]

With state elections bill sleight of hand, GOP seeks to revive enjoined voter ID law

BY: - June 11, 2020

Republicans add language in effort to circumvent two court injunctions; final vote today What started as a bipartisan effort to address the challenge of administering an election during the COVID-19 pandemic has devolved into a battle over another Republican attempt to require North Carolinians to show a photo ID to cast a ballot in November.

Voting rights advocates vow to keep fighting for fair, accessible, just election

BY: - May 26, 2020

Questions about what the upcoming election will look like in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic have been circulating for weeks in North Carolina. House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan measure to address some concerns about accessibility to the ballot, but later the same day, a number of voting rights organizations filed a federal lawsuit challenging several […]

Democracy NC asks Board of Elections to find missing sheriffs’ campaign finance reports

BY: - August 22, 2019

Immigration policy was front and center in North Carolina sheriff’s elections this past year — and pointed to as the deciding factor in many — but races in general have become increasingly scrutinized as individuals gain a better understanding about the crucial role the law enforcement officials play in shaping county policies related to public […]

Democracy NC: Tell Board of Elections to vote for paper ballots

BY: - July 29, 2019

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is set to decide tonight whether it will continue to certify touch-screen voting systems or return to analog paper ballots. Voting rights groups are urging the Board to return to paper for a number of reasons, but the big one being security issues. “Specifically, while a new generation […]

Democracy NC students lobby legislature for change: ‘We care about the right to vote’

BY: - June 26, 2019

  On Wednesday morning, a group of summer interns with Democracy NC gathered in front of the legislative building to roll out their “For the People” campaign. The students encouraged North Carolina citizens to contact their lawmakers in support of a variety of pro-democracy reforms, including flexible early voting, nonpartisan redistricting, and increasing access to […]

Democracy NC releases new report detailing impact of early voting uniform hours requirement

BY: - May 14, 2019

Without the last Saturday of early voting, more than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties may lose weekend voting altogether, according to a new report from Democracy NC. The report, titled “Greater Costs, Fewer Options: The Impact of the Early Voting Uniform Hours Requirement in the 2018 Election,” found that the uniform weekday hours requirements […]