Why Republican-led states keep leaving a group that verifies voter rolls
Eight Republican-led states this year left an interstate cooperative that seeks to maintain accurate voter registration rolls, and three more may join them — a move that election security experts say is fueled by conspiracy theories. Earlier this month, Virginia’s top election official said the state would become the latest to stop participating in the […]
Federal agencies lag in registering voters despite Biden executive order, advocates say
Within weeks of taking office in 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order — hailed by voter advocates as potentially transformative — that for the first time committed the U.S. government to registering new voters at federal agencies. But just over two years later, most of the 10 agencies examined in a recent report […]
Veteran democracy advocate: Latest North Carolina voter stats reveal some worrisome trends
Overall numbers are up, but we know less about the state’s voters than before Before offering a profile of voter turnout in 2022 [check back in this space next week], it’s sobering to look at the changes in voter registration since the last mid-term election. As readers can see by clicking here, I’ve prepared a […]
A shortage in voter registration forms frustrates NC nonprofits
The state does not have enough updated voter registration forms to distribute to nonprofit organizations that run registration drives, local elections offices, and other locations as the election season enters its crucial final weeks. State agency spokesmen pin the shortage on supply chain problems that make it difficult for the state prisons’ business operation to […]
Conservative groups target state, local voter registration rolls with multiple lawsuits
North Carolina’s voter rolls are like a refrigerator that needs to be cleared periodically of rotting milk and other items past their expiration date, according to Jason Torchinsky. Torchinsky is a lawyer representing Republican plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to force the state to more regularly maintain its voter rolls. But Jeff Loperfido, an attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Fifty years ago, NC played a historic role in securing voting rights for young Americans. Let’s continue that legacy today.
RALEIGH – It was 50 years ago this month that North Carolina became the final state needed to ratify the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lowering the national voting age to 18. The amendment’s adoption was made possible in large part to young activists highlighting the injustice of 18-year-olds being drafted to fight for our […]
New poll shows broad support for automatic voter registration, an end to gerrymandering
New polling from the Democratic-affiliated research and advocacy group Carolina Forward finds strong support for a pair of progressive democracy reforms already implemented in a number of other states, but long resisted by the GOP leadership at the North Carolina General Assembly: automatic voter registration and an end to partisan gerrymandering. This is from the […]
America needs to make it easier for everyone to vote. NC can and should help
It comes as little surprise that politicians have long generally favored voting rules that they have perceived as being beneficial to themselves and their allies. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, racist white Democrats in the South concocted convoluted rules to suppress the votes of African Americans who generally favored Republicans – the party of Abraham Lincoln.
Deadline to register to vote in this election fast approaching
If you want to vote in this year’s election, but are not registered yet, you face a major deadline this week. Friday is the regular voter registration deadline in North Carolina. “It’s easy, and there’s still time, either through the regular process or at any one-stop early voting location in your county,” said Karen Brinson […]
New video: How to vote safely and easily in North Carolina
Today is National Voter Registration Day and in recognition of that fact, the good people at Brave New Films just released a new and handy video about voting in North Carolina that deserves to be viewed and shared widely. Check it out below.
NC advocates call for ‘common sense’ democracy reform
North Carolina advocates called on their elected leaders Friday to pass needed reform to combat corruption and strengthen democracy. Melissa Price Kromm, Director of North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections, La’Meisha Whittington with the N.C. Black Alliance and Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause N.C., gathered on the front lawn of the General Assembly and […]
Tomorrow: Regular voter registration deadline for 2020 primary election
The deadline for regular voter registration to cast a ballot in the North Carolina 2020 primary is tomorrow, Feb. 7, but it won’t be the last opportunity. North Carolinians who miss the regular deadline can still register and vote at any one-stop early voting site in their county during the early voting period from Feb. […]