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Protecting Voting Rights

The right to vote is a fundamental principle of our democracy. When more Americans can participate in our elections, the outcome better reflects who we are as a state and as a nation. We work to promote policies and procedures that increase voter turnout and help make our elections more free, fair and accessible. League members interested in working on these issues, contact LWVWake Voters Services Co-Chair Johanne Christensen or Co-Chair Helen Zimmerman. 

Johanne Christensen

Helen Zimmerman

Where We Stand On Voting Rights 

We Hold To These Principles:

Government should be accountable, ethical, equitable, and just for all citizens. Government should operate in a manner that is open and transparent for all citizens.

Citizen participation on state, county, and municipal boards and commissions should be encouraged.

Efforts that can suppress the vote in any form must be opposed. 

Measures that safeguard the rights of the voter are paramount. The League supports simplifying the voting process to encourage clear and democratic election procedures. 

Election laws in North Carolina should enable all citizens to participate fully in the democratic process.

In support of these principles, we call on state and county boards of election and the General Assembly to:    

Eliminate photo ID and documentary proof-of-citizenship requirements.

End felony disenfranchisement of citizens.

Develop and fund a statewide communications plan to help citizens in every county vote easily    and simply.

Improve database matching for statewide voter registration so that we eliminate unnecessary and inaccurate purges from the lists of eligible voters. 

Improve voter registration options including automatic voter registration and access to online voter registration. 

Expand early voting locations and allow flexibility in hours of operation to meet the needs of all voters.

Make voting systems secure, accurate, re-countable, accessible, and transparent. All voting systems should contain a voter-verifiable paper ballot which becomes the official record of the voter’s intent. Vote totals must be able to be verified by an independent hand count of the paper ballot/record and subject to routine and risk-limiting audits.

Maintain access to safe voting opportunities through no-excuse absentee voting, eliminate witness requirements and/or signature-matching, and continue due-process protections for voters using vote by mail. Expand options for returning absentee ballots.

Prevent election day barriers by allowing out-of-precinct voting for eligible, registered voters. Facilitate same-day registration opportunities and strengthen provisional voting options.

Improve polling place management and poll-worker training. 

Elections & COVID-19

In the wake of the pandemic, the League issued the following positions regarding the 2020 election:

May 22, 2020 - The League of Women Voters of North Carolina, along with other plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit regarding voting and COVID-19 circumstances in the upcoming November 2020 election. Read the complaint here.

March 19, 2020 - Coalition of organizations, including LWVNC, sends “Recommendations for Ensuring Election Continuity and Voting Access While Responding to COVID-19” to the NC Sate Board of Elections. Read the coalition’s letter.

March 16, 2020 - LWVUS Calls on States to Expand Absentee & Mail-in Voting. Read the LWVUS press release.

Election Technology

Accurate Voting Records
LWV-Wake’s report “Employing Technology to Ensure Fair and Accurate Election Records” makes specific recommendations for adopting a set of established cybersecurity best practices and for joining other states in a nation-wide consortium for sharing and matching voter data.

You can access the report as a brief fact sheet, full report, or informational webinar

Secure Election Equipment

LWV-Wake monitors state and county processes for certifying and purchasing voting machines. The League expressed concerns regarding some of the machines proposed for purchase by the Board of Elections.

To learn more, read our February 2019 statement; our June 2019 statement (which was quoted in the media), or the NAACP's June 2019 statement supporting the League’s position.

Opposition To Voter ID Requirement

League’s Statement Expressing Concern Regarding Implementation of Voter ID Law - This statement was presented by the LWV-Wake president at the March 15, 2019 State Board of Elections hearing.

League Position on Voter ID Constitutional Amendment - One-page summary of LWV-Wake's opposition to amending the North Carolina state constitution to require voter identification at the voting polls.

Voter ID Does Not Effectively Identify Ineligible Voters - This one-page fact sheet briefly explains why a voter identification requirement is not an effective option for identifying ineligible voters or preventing voter fraud.

Early Voting

LWV-Wake Position Statement on Expanded Early Voting (July 9, 2018) - Read our brief statement explaining why an expansive early voting plan is important in Wake County.

LWV-Wake Position Statement Opposing Early Voting Restrictions (June 14, 2018) - Read our brief statement expressing serious concern regarding restrictions on early voting site operations.