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Common Cause launched a potentially landmark lawsuit in federal court today directly challenging the foundation of partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. Read more

Shaw voters roundtable

VICTORY! The federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down sweeping voting restrictions enacted by the NC legislature. Common Cause North Carolina is among the plaintiffs that challenged the constitutionality of that law. Read more


Nine students from seven historically black colleges and universities across North Carolina traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak up for HBCUs. Read more


The state's tradition of moderation and cooperation – and the prosperity that came as a result – is jeopardized by partisan redstricting. Read more

Shaw voters roundtable

North Carolina legislators unlawfully gerrymandered the state's congressional voting maps. The result: a delayed election and voter confusion, with taxpayers left holding the bill. Read more


The politicians who pushed hardest for HB2 have been silent in the face of staunch criticism. Why? Read more


Because of gerrymandering, millions of North Carolina voters will have no real opportunity to weigh in on the merits of House Bill 2 or any other legislation when they go to the polls this fall. Sign the petition to end gerrymandering now

Shaw voters roundtable

Both colleges matched or exceeded the 36 percent overall turnout seen for the March 15 primary election and dramatically outperformed the 19 percent average turnout seen at the schools included in the study. Read more

Shaw voters roundtable

Big money and partisan gerrymandering are choking out the will of the people. Here's how we can fix it. Read more

Ben and Jerry's ice cream reveal

The flavor's launch is part of an effort by the ice cream company to promote voter registration in North Carolina and to push for restoring the federal Voting Rights Act. Read more

Shaw voters roundtable

Common Cause NC, El Pueblo and EVOLVE Mentoring hosted a Young Voter Roundtable at Shaw University in Raleigh, with students discussing issues that matter most to them this election season. Watch


Duke University on Thursday played host to an effort showing how North Carolina can move beyond gerrymandering and instead adopt an independent process for drawing the state's voting maps. More


North Carolina's unprecedented population growth will have a significant impact on the state's upcoming political redistricting and could make gerrymandering a big gamble for both parties. That was the message presented at a press briefing Tuesday in the NC legislature. More


On a day when state lawmakers took the stand inside a federal courtroom to defend gerrymandered voting maps, members of the nonpartisan NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform gathered outside that courthouse in Greensboro to make the case for independent redistricting reform. More


Beginning in 2016, most North Carolina voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID when voting in person. More


Students at NC A&T State University, the nation's largest historically black college or university, recently spoke out against new congressional voting maps that leave their campus split into two districts. More


Common Cause NC delivered a petition signed by over 17,000 North Carolinians to Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis calling on the U.S. Senate to work with President Barack Obama on filling the current U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. More


With voters headed to the polls in large numbers and under new voter ID requirements, members of Common Cause North Carolina stood ready at voting locations around the state to help ensure the election day process went smoothly for citizens. More


We asked all candidates running in the 2016 legislative primary election if they would support independent redistricting reform. See their answers


Dozens of students at NC Central University in Durham gathered on Monday to honor those who fought for their right to vote and to cast a ballot. More


With early voting for this year's primary election getting underway across North Carolina, students at Winston-Salem State University motivated their classmates to go to the polls. More

Over 70 citizens participated in a five-hour-long public forum in six cities across North Carolina on Monday, weighing in on the state's congressional districts. Watch

Register to vote in North Carolina!

The deadline to register to vote for North Carolina's primary election is February 19. Get registered!


As redistricting is for the moment front and center, those of us pushing for a common-sense solution make this respectful request to our legislators: give reform a chance. More


In the 54 days leading up to the March 15 primary, Common Cause North Carolina will take a daily look at the 54 NC General Assembly districts where voters have no choice in this year's elections. More


This ad is ridiculous ... but so is gerrymandering. Watch


A new analysis from political scientists at NC State University shows that even the best laid gerrymander may soon be no guarantee for victory in the face of rapidly changing demographics. More

Henry Capers

Wake County citizens spoke up at a recent board of elections meeting to help save Sunday voting for the 2016 primary election and preserve Chavis Community Center as an early voting site. Watch

Abe Holtzman Public Policy Forum at NC State University

The School of Public & International Affairs at NC State University presents a look at how dramatically changing demographics in North Carolina could affect political gerrymandering. Watch

Robert Reich on income inequality

Recent headlines in North Carolina have highlighted large political donors also winning significant contracts with state government, raising concerns about "pay-to-play politics" in which campaign cash might influence how tax dollars are spent. More

Robert Reich on income inequality

Former US secretary of labor and current Common Cause national board chair Robert Reich visited Meredith College in Raleigh to discuss the growing income inequality in the US that he examines in his new book, "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few." Watch

Robert Reich on income inequality

More than 100 students from St. Augustine's and Shaw universities marched to the polls during the early voting period to make their voices heard in Raleigh's mayoral and city council elections. Watch

HBCU students go to Congress

Six of Common Cause North Carolina's Democracy Fellows traveled to Washington, DC, last week to join the Journey for Justice as it reached the nation's capital. Watch

Journey for Justice comes to Raleigh

Over 1,500 people participated in a voting rights rally in Raleigh as part of "America's Journey for Justice." Watch

Journey for Justice marchers

Learn why dozens of marchers braved rain and sweltering heat as they made their way through the southern part of the state. Watch

A conversation with Rick Glazier

As he prepared to depart the NC House after 13 years of service, Rep. Rick Glazier shared his views on voting rights, redistricting reform and more. Watch

A conversation with Henry Frye

Former NC Supreme Court justice Frye recently shared his powerful experiences and his unique insight into our democracy today with fellow NC A&T alumni John Holdsclaw and Dominique Sanders of Common Cause North Carolina. Watch

Winston-Salem protest

Whatever your politics, your age, race or gender, and wherever you live in North Carolina, you have a stake in a lawsuit now being tried in Winston-Salem. See more

This month marked the 271st birthday of Elbridge Gerry, the former Massachusetts governor for whom "gerrymandering" is named. See more

Winston-Salem march

Common Cause NC joined thousands of North Carolinians in standing up for voting rights at a march in Winston-Salem. See more

Over 200 municipal leaders across NC call for an end to gerrymandering

"We continue to be impressed by the outpouring of support from leaders of both parties across the state," said former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot. See more

Today's US Supreme Court ruling is a big win for redistricting reform – here's what needs to happen next in NC

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the right of states to implement an independent process for drawing voting maps. Now it's time for action in the legislature. See more

Mayors join forces to end gerrymandering

Former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot, a Republican, and former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker, a Democrat, are leading a growing group of local elected officials calling for a bipartisan solution to gerrymandering.

Learn why the issue matters to them and how you can join the movement.



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