Mission: To promote public discussion about the vitality of democracy in north carolina: increase voter education, voter registration and civic participation in the state; examine the influence of private money on public policy and elections; and evaluate the relative importance of various governmental reforms, including public financing of elections.
Programs: Democracy north carolina works to advance its reform mission through organizing, advocacy, and research. These methods seek to advance both civic engagement and structural reforms, which together can strengthen the ability for people of color, their white allies, and youth to build power and win policies that benefit what the north carolina constitution calls the good of the whole. Our organizers bring together volunteers from grassroots, faith, civil-rights, and issue groups to create multi-racial coalitions that are engines for civic participation, leadership training, and policy change. Our research and communications teams pinpoint policy change opportunities, respond to critical challenges, author reports, guide messaging tactics, and evaluate strategic targets for informed citizen action.
I frequently volunteer with Democracy NC. The great staff throughout the state are fierce defenders of the right to vote, clean and open elections. It's non-partisan, and encourages the development of grassroots citizens groups. One (among many) great endeavor was to train volunteer poll monitors in the last election, to record any issues citizens had with voting. This information, added to that gained through a help line they operate, was used in the case now in the courts against the NC Legislature's Voter ID law. They produce some of the best information about voting, and freely distribute this literature to any other groups for use.