December 2, 2016 -
A think tank founded and largely funded by GOP mega-donor Art Pope has jumped into the still-unsettled North Carolina gubernatorial race with a lawsuit challenging same-day registration — a program the legislature killed in 2013 but a federal court revived for this year's election.
November 3, 2016 -
North Carolina's controversial 2013 voting law was blocked by a court for discriminating against black voters, but the move affects other voters of color as well — including the state's fast-growing Asian American electorate.
August 25, 2016 -
North Carolina is fighting to end voter preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds. The program increased youth turnout and was disproportionately used by African Americans and Latinos, but state lawmakers have claimed — without offering any evidence — that it risks confusing voters.
July 21, 2016 -
Half a million eligible voters have moved to North Carolina in the past five years. They are bringing new views to the state while at the same time grappling with its complicated new voting requirements.
September 22, 2015 -
On National Voter Registration Day, election reform and voting rights advocates are highlighting needed changes to the U.S. registration system to ensure citizens have unfettered access to the ballot box.
July 17, 2015 -
A new report examines the well-being of state democracies and finds that seven of the nation's 10 least healthy are in the South. We take a look at barriers to voting across the region.
July 12, 2015 -
A federal trial starts this week over a restrictive voting law North Carolina lawmakers passed two years ago after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. People from across North Carolina and beyond will gather outside the courthouse in Winston-Salem to pray, educate and march for voting rights at a moment organizers liken to the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.
June 19, 2015 -
A new study from the watchdog group Democracy North Carolina estimates that tens of thousands of would-be voters were prevented from casting ballots or having them count in last year's elections due to a restrictive voting law passed in 2013. The law is being challenged in federal court, with arguments set to begin next month.
April 7, 2015 -
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has launched a "Southern Voices" oral history project to capture the stories of Southern leaders working for social and economic justice. This installment focuses on voting rights.