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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 who are interested in working on these issues can contact LWV-Wake Voters Services Co-Chair Johanne Christensen

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 State Board of Elections. Read the coalition’s letter.

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

Accurate Voting Records

LWVWake’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

Election Technology

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.

Secure Election Equipment

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.