The 2023 North Carolina legislative session is underway. And our Common Cause NC team will be right there at the Legislative Building throughout the year, serving as “the People’s lobby.”
We’ll be speaking up for everyday North Carolinians, working for a stronger democracy, and holding lawmakers accountable to the public.
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ANTI-VOTER BILLS IN THE NC LEGISLATURE
SENATE BILL 747
This sweeping anti-voter bill would undermine North Carolina voters by severely limiting when absentee ballots can be accepted by county boards of elections, hurting people who most rely on mailed-in absentee voting, including elderly voters, people with disabilities and voters who lack transportation.
This bill would also add harmful barriers to same-day voter registration, especially hurting people of color and young voters who use same-day registration at higher rates.
SENATE BILL 749
This harmful bill defies the will of North Carolina voters by radically changing the State Board of Elections.
Under longstanding law, members of the State Board of Elections are appointed by the Governor of North Carolina. But in a dramatic upheaval of separation of powers, Republican legislators want to strip the governor’s authority to name members to the elections board. Instead, the legislature would seize control of those appointments.
The Republican-controlled legislature has repeatedly tried to alter the State Board of Elections after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper was elected in 2016. But courts have struck down those unconstitutional changes.
Republicans then tried to pass a constitutional amendment to restructure the State Board of Elections in 2018. But the voters of North Carolina soundly rejected that amendment, 62% to 38%.
Nevertheless, Republican lawmakers are trying yet again to impose their will on the State Board of Elections even after being blocked by the courts and the people of North Carolina.
TAKE ACTION: Tell lawmakers what you think
Click here to find and contact your state legislators. Tell them what you think about these bills!
During this year’s legislative session we will work with members from both parties to:
- Demand full transparency and meaningful public input in the legislative process, including the creation of our state’s budget
- Defend everyone’s freedom to vote and fight any attempts at voter suppression
- Call on lawmakers to provide critical funding for our state’s election system
- Ensure our voting districts are absolutely free from partisan or racist gerrymandering
- Advocate for lasting redistricting reform that puts people over politics
- Counter the corrosive influence of big money in politics by advocating for common-sense campaign finance reforms
- Ensure students from our state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities have a voice at the legislature and that HBCUs get the equitable support they deserve
Throughout the legislative session, we’ll keep you informed and up to date on crucial issues under consideration so that you can make your voice heard.
This year marks 50 years since Common Cause launched our chapter in North Carolina. Our mission of building an inclusive, multiracial democracy has never been more important than it is today. Together, let’s carry on this vital work.