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Common Cause NC is working with a broad coalition of election experts, lawmakers and grassroots democracy advocates to ensure every eligible voter is able to safely and securely cast a ballot in this year’s election.


House Bill 1169 takes steps toward ensuring election is safe, secure and accessible for all voters

House Bill 1169 has been passed by the NC General Assembly on a bipartisan vote and signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper. Among the bill’s provisions:

  • Reduces the absentee ballot witness requirement from two to one
  • Allows voters to submit an absentee ballot request form via email, fax, mail or in person to their county board of elections office. An online portal to submit an absentee ballot request will also be created by the State Board of Elections.
  • Gives counties greater flexibility in where they assign poll workers, better allowing them to address possible poll worker shortages at precincts
  • Allocates state matching funds to take advantage of federal CARES Act and HAVA money
  • Allocates funds to counties to prepare for elections amid COVID-19, including the purchasing of personal protective equipment for use at polling places and increasing recruitment and compensation of poll workers
  • Allocates funds for election security and continuity of operations in case of disaster



• Release: Common Cause NC statement on enactment of bipartisan bill to prepare state for elections amid COVID-19

• Webinar: Ensuring North Carolina elections are safe, secure and free from voter suppression

• Release: Common Cause NC applauds NC House for passing bipartisan bill to prepare state for elections amid COVID-19

• Webinar: Protecting NC Elections Amid COVID-19

• Release: Common Cause NC commends bipartisan bill to prepare state for elections amid COVID-19

• Common Cause NC Report: NC lawmakers should take action to make absentee vote-by-mail more accessible, address looming poll worker shortage

• PW special report: What NC must do to conduct a fair and safe election this fall

•Common Cause NC urges legislature to take action to protect our state’s elections amid COVID-19 crisis

• ‘We’re one state, and we’re all in this together’: Conversations with NC lawmakers on the need for bipartisan partnership amid COVID-19

• Updated letter from State Board of Elections to the NC General Assembly

• State Board of Elections sends letter with recommendations to NC General Assembly

• The NC State Board of Elections and the DMV now offer free online voter registration services for existing DMV customers. Learn more

Questions? Contact us at 919-836-0027 or at bwarner@commoncause.org

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