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The latest US Supreme Court decision is a huge victory against racial gerrymandering. But politicians are still brazenly manipulating voting maps along party lines with similar effect. An upcoming court case could finally put an end to it. More

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The US Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina lawmakers unconstitutionally gerrymandered two of the state's congressional districts along racial lines. More

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Common Cause NC presented the award to Rep. McGrady during a town hall meeting in Hendersonville to give residents an update on the effort to pass nonpartisan redistricting through the legislature. More

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Mayor Esther Manheimer and Asheville residents gathered in Pack Square to send a message to state lawmakers in Raleigh: enact a fair way of drawing North Carolina’s voting maps. More

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These schools had the highest rate of student voter turnout for the 2016 general election among North Carolina colleges, according to a new report from Common Cause NC. More

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Members of Common Cause NC delivered a petition to state House Speaker Tim Moore signed by thousands of North Carolinians calling for House Bill 200 to get a vote. More

Gorsuch press conference

Common Cause joined 10 North Carolina citizens to sue the General Assembly over a surprise special session that rushed through sweeping changes to state government without allowing public input. More

Rianna Caroway, a senior at Winston-Salem State University and a Democracy Fellow with Common Cause NC, talks about her effort to get a voting site restored on the campus of WSSU. Watch

Gorsuch press conference

Two centuries after "gerrymandering" first entered the American lexicon, a bipartisan plan for reform could finally end manipulation of voting maps in North Carolina. More

Gorsuch press conference

A coalition of North Carolina advocacy groups gathered outside the downtown Raleigh office of US Sen. Thom Tillis to voice opposition to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. More

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Gerrymandering deprives North Carolina citizens of a choice and a voice in our elections. But momentum is growing to finally enact a nonpartisan redistricting process to give our state fair voting maps and fair elections. Take action!

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers have introduced House Bill 200 to establish a nonpartisan redistricting process for North Carolina. Here's what HB200 would do

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A bipartisan bill introduced in the state House, hundreds of citizens rallying at the Legislature and a key court ruling were part of a big week for redistricting reform in the Tar Heel State. More

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Citizens from across the state gathered at the NC Legislature to call on lawmakers to end gerrymandering and enact fair redistricting. Watch

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House Bill 200 would take politics out of the way the state's congressional and legislative voting maps are drawn. More

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Dozens of students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) went to the NC Legislature to show lawmakers how their schools make North Carolina stronger. Watch

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CCNC Democracy Fellows from HBCUs in the Triangle and the Triad joined thousands of North Carolina citizens taking a stand for voting rights at the 2017 HKonJ Moral March in Raleigh. Watch

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If we want a political system that encourages problem-solving and accountability in government, then we need a better way of drawing our voting maps. Read more

online voter registration

A majority of states have adopted online voter registration, which has proven to be secure, accurate and convenient – while providing big cost savings. Read more

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Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians signed the petition urging Sen. Tillis to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. Read more

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A majority of North Carolina voters favor moving to a nonpartisan system for drawing the state's congressional and legislative districts, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling. Read more

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A coalition of conservative and progressive organizations met at the state legislature on the opening day of the new session to call on lawmakers to adopt a plan that would take partisan politics out of the way voting maps are drawn in North Carolina. Read more

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Just 1 in 10 voters had any real choice in selecting their NC House member in 2016, leaving millions of citizens with no voice this election. Read more

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Members of our two parties seem more interested in trading insults than working together to solve problems. We can’t go on like this. Read more

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Our broken redistricting process has led to reckless laws catering to a political fringe by unaccountable legislators. The moment has come for businesses to say “enough.” Read more

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A federal court ordered North Carolina lawmakers to redraw the state's legislative districts by March and ruled that a special legislative election must be held in 2017. Read more

NCCU students marching to vote

Over 100 volunteers organized by Common Cause North Carolina were at polling places on Election Day to help voters ensure their rights were respected at the ballot box. Watch

NCCU students marching to vote

The students have spent hours and walked miles on multiple weekends distributing a nonpartisan voter guide and sharing useful voting information with residents in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Watch

NCCU students marching to vote

Led by the school's marching band, students walked several blocks to the voting location to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Watch

NCCU students marching to vote

Common Cause NC Democracy Fellows from Saint Augustine's University spent an afternoon distributing our 2016 NC Voter Guide at local Raleigh businesses and encouraging voters to learn about "down-ballot" candidates. Watch

NCCU students marching to vote

While the race for the White House has dominated attention in this year's election, North Carolina voters will find dozens of other contests on their ballot – from U.S. Senate and governor to the state legislature, courts and local offices. Watch

NCCU students marching to vote

On the same day that an early voting site opened on their campus, hundreds of students at NC Central University in Durham marched to the polls to cast their ballot on Thursday. Watch

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The Morrisville Town Council on Tuesday night adopted new voting maps for its local elections, drawn free from political consideration, in what could be a model for North Carolina. More

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As early voting kicked off across North Carolina on Thursday, students from Shaw University marched to the polls to make their voice heard at the ballot box. Watch

JCSU students signed pledge cards as part of the Black Votes Matter campaign organized by Common Cause NC, committing to exercising their right to vote. More

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Former governor Jim Martin and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot say North Carolina lawmakers should enact independent redistricting. Watch

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Common Cause national President Karen Hobert Flynn discusses ways to combat big money in politics and protect voting rights for all. Watch

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The group is calling for independent redistricting reform that would take the power of drawing voting maps out of the hands of partisan lawmakers. More

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"Your vote definitely does matter. In order to change our circumstances, we've got to get out and vote," said SAU student and CCNC Democracy Fellow Alston DelVega. More

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"Our Democracy Fellows are excited to help students stand up and speak out in this fall's election," said Alyssa Canty, campus outreach coordinator with Common Cause North Carolina. More

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Common Cause NC Democracy Fellows launched our Black Votes Matter campaign on the campus Winston-Salem State University, as dozens of students signed cards pledging to engage in this year's momentous election. More

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The nonpartisan panel created the new map as part of an independent redistricting simulation organized by Duke University and Common Cause NC. More

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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

Gerry-gambling

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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