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NC Republicans Suddenly Change Voter ID Requirement

On the heels of hundreds of citizen complaints at voter ID hearings across the state, and after years of mounting public and legal pressure, Democracy North Carolina is pleased that the NC General Assembly has decided to modify the needless voter ID hurdle that voters will face starting in 2016. Even if just one percent […]

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Violations of Voter Reg Law Documented and Challenged

In two Notice Letters, national and state voting-rights groups notified North Carolina officials that the state is systematically violating the federal law that requires public assistance agencies and the Division of Motor Vehicles to help citizens register to vote. ** PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AGENCIES: According to the first notice letter, voter registration applications initiated at public […]

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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 […]

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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: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=h240 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 […]

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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 […]

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LOD: Masked Madness

In another of what has become a pattern of wacko actions, the so-called Voter Integrity Project tried to stage a “fraud-in” at a Raleigh polling place during today’s runoff election. VIP leader Jay Delancy wanted to shoot photos of a group of masked voters to highlight the cheating he believes is committed by poorly identified […]

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LOD: The Burden of Shelby

Despite vigorous opposition from African-American citizens, the Cleveland County Board of Elections voted 2-1 to merge five precincts into two in the city of Shelby (each precinct in North Carolina has one polling place). The two new precincts will be the largest in the county by far, with over 6,600 and 5,700 voters; they eliminate […]

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LOD: New Law=Less Confidence

Volunteers with Democracy NC and other groups conducted a large Exit Survey at the polls in 34 counties during the May primary. An analysis of the 7,000 surveys undermines NC House Speaker Thom Tillis’ justification for passing the Monster Law; he said it was needed to “restore confidence” in elections, but it’s causing just the […]

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LOD: Fuzzy Math

Republican attorneys and the State of North Carolina filed their response brief against the NC NAACP, League of Women Voters and others seeking an injunction to stop the Monster Law while the legal case winds its way through the courts. Basically, the brief says that more blacks voted in North Carolina’s recent primary than in […]

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LOD: Smearing Justice

Blue Cross and Reynolds Tobacco are teaming up with the Koch brothers to take over North Carolina’s Supreme Court. That sounds sensational but an article in today’s New York Times documents over $1 million that business and right-wing groups have spent just in the primary to defeat incumbent Justice Robin Hudson. Buying a seat is […]

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