Democracy Issues:
Voting Rights

We are dedicated to protecting the voting rights of all North Carolinians and believe that our elections should be free, fair and accessible.


Students from seven HBCUs were among the thousands of North Carolinians braving the rain on Saturday to speak out for voting rights, equal rights and fair elections at the 2018 Moral March in downtown Raleigh. More

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Students from seven historically black colleges and universities in the Triangle, Triad and Fayetteville helped spread the word on the importance of voting in local elections this year. More

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With members of the SAU drum line leading the way, students marched to the polls on Election Day to cast a ballot. More

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Students from Shaw University marched to the polls to make their voices heard in Raleigh's local election. More

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"We hope today's event will help motivate students to go to the polls this fall and ensure that the NCCU community's voice is heard." More

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The US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down North Carolina's sweeping restrictions on voting access, which included implementation of a voter ID requirement, cuts to early voting and elimination of same-day voter registration. More

Gorsuch press conference

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

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

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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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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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

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

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


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


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


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


"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


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

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


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


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


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

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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

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

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

Join Common Cause North Carolina as we take a stand for voting rights by signing the petition urging state lawmakers to restore the lost week of early voting, reinstate same-day voter registration and reinstitute pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-old North Carolinians. See more

Meet just a few of the North Carolinians who came to the legislature to call for protecting voting right and ending gerrymandering. See more

Two bills introduced in the N.C. House could rollback voting restrictions in North Carolina. See more

Common Cause staff went to work on Election Day to assist voters and to monitor polling-place conditions. See more



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