Vote.org Statement on Newly Passed Anti-Democracy and Voter Suppression Laws in North Carolina

Last updated on October 11, 2023

WASHINGTON –Today, Vote.org, the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) technology platform in America, released the following statement after the North Carolina legislature pushed two new, anti-democracy bills into law that will have dramatic consequences for the fair administration of the 2024 election, overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of SB 747 and SB 749. The mechanisms within one of the bills – a proposed restructuring of state election boards – was previously found to be unconstitutional.

Andrea Hailey, CEO of Vote.org: "Leaders in the North Carolina legislature are – yet again – trying to choose their voters, rather than the other way around. With SB 747, lawmakers are trying to suppress the vote; if this law was in effect in 2020, as many as 13,000 North Carolinians would have been unable to vote, and those that could would be subjected to legalized voter intimidation from partisan poll watchers. And with SB 749, politicians are trying to make themselves more powerful at the expense of the voter. For years, anti-voter politicians in the state have been passing new, insidious legislation to suppress the vote and bolster their own political power. Yet again, the North Carolina legislature is pursuing laws that will inevitably draw litigation – costing taxpayers legal fees – despite its recent history of losing these fights in court. These power-grabs only work if they happen out of the sight of voters. We cannot let lawmakers get away with these brazen, political ploys. We must continue to push back against any attempts to override the will of the voters, at every level of government. Our democracy is strong, but it’s only as strong as the people who care for it each and every day."

SB 747 is a broad voter suppression package that could disenfranchise thousands of voters in North Carolina ahead of the 2024 presidential election. If SB 747 had been in place during the last presidential election, more than 13,000 votes would have been unfairly invalidated – a margin that could easily change the outcome of a close election.

SB 749 is a barely disguised effort to paralyze the state’s election boards by stripping powers from the Governor to enable the legislature to appoint easily deadlocked boards unable to act to protect the vote. Previous versions of the same law were rejected by the North Carolina Supreme Court and voted down by a strong majority of North Carolina voters.

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Vote.org has released its 2022 Impact Report, which reveals the data and analytics from Vote.org’s work for the 2022 midterm elections. Vote.org specifically focused on engaging and activating younger voters and voters of color, and its work reached millions of voters from coast to coast.

In the 2022 election cycle, Vote.org saw more than 12 million visitors. The organization helped register more than 725,000 voters. In 2022, it reached voters nearly 270 million times using a variety of research-backed tactics, including sending 40 million unique messages to voters.

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