Resources for Voting Rights Activism
Assembled below are some of the best nonpartisan organizations that are working to promote voting and increase voter access and transparency here in North Carolina.
If there are others that you think should be added or if you have questions, please contact Cole Parke-West or Ron Katz.
Resources: Ways to learn about issues around voting and democracy:
- Voting Rights Lab - NC webpage: Offers a listing of all bills introduced or in the pipeline in one of the chambers that address voting. These can be ones that could be considered voter suppression, voter “enhancement”, redistricting or something comparable. This webpage also lists a lot of questions about voting
- Democracy Docket is a website and advocacy group focused on voting rights and election litigation in the United States. The website follows ongoing stories about current legislation and offers a Democracy Alerts webpage. You can also sign up for their newsletter or follow on FaceBook.
- The NC Board of Elections has created the above webpage as well as a Mythbuster Archive to provide accurate information and to address some of the rumors that have been circulated attempting to discredit our elections.
- Ranked choice voting: If you haven't heard about this way to change voting, you'll get answers to your questions and learn about efforts that are happening in NC to adopt this change through Better Ballot NC.
- National Popular Vote: “Every vote counts and the candidate with the most votes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia wins the presidency.” This is the basic premise of the National Popular Vote effort, a nonpartisan undertaking begun in 2006. Go here to learn about efforts made in North Carolina.
- The Brennan Center for Justice offers a progressive response nationally around a variety of issues including voting and democracy rights.
CJJ Allies: Many of the following groups offer ways for you to take action here in North Carolina. Those specific actions may be timely and are included in this separate blog. These are listed in alphabetical order.
- All on the Line NC is “on a mission to end gerrymandering”. The link highlights their work and how people can be involved.
- Common Cause NC is especially engaged in redistricting reform and the drawing of fair districts in NC in 2021, but that is only part of their work. The link offers their focuses: gerrymandering & representation, voting & elections, money & influence, and ethics & accountability.
- Democracy NC has a mission to “strengthen democratic structures, build power among disenfranchised communities, and inspire confidence in a transformed political process that works for all.” It is one of the “go to” organizations in North Carolina and has organizers throughout the state.
- League of Women Voters NC is a membership organization open to all with chapters in many counties in our state. They are focused on providing accurate information on voting and promoting voting to make our democracy strong. Their VOTE 411 page offers important information on voting and candidates running in NC. One of the chapters, the League of Women Voters Wake County, is a leader in redistricting reform. The link offers a host of resources that are being used throughout our state. They also lead the effort to build and manage Fair Districts NC and Fair Counties NC, both focused on redistricting.
- The New NC Project is patterned after the New Georgia Project, working to register and engage people of color and others who often may have faced barriers to voting.
- Southern Coalition for Social Justice “partners with communities of color and communities who are economically disadvantaged in the south to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights.” Voting rights is one of their key areas of focus. They are involved in advocacy and litigation.
- You Can Vote is focused on making voting easier and more accessible, especially for groups that have faced the most voter suppression or marginalization. They offer a pledge to vote campaign that provides timely updates of voting in NC to help people navigate the election.
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