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North Carolina Voter ID Challenge

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP v. Cooper

Lawsuit brought by the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and other local chapters against the state challenging a 2018 law that requires voters to provide one of ten authorized photo IDs to vote either absentee or in person. The complaint alleges that the voter ID provision disproportionately burdens African American and Latino residents in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. 

2019-2020 Election Cycle

North Carolina Absentee Ballot Challenges Intervention

Arnett v. North Carolina State Board of Elections

We filed to intervene as defendants on behalf of the North Carolina Democratic Party. The case, filed by the North Carolina Republican Party, challenges the state’s challenge process and requests a new process that would delay the counting of ballots.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

North Carolina Four Pillars Intervention (RNC)

Wise v. North Carolina State Board of Elections

Filed a motion to intervene as defendants in a case brought by the Trump Campaign, Republican National Party Committees and two Republican U.S. congressmen challenging our consent decree with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. The consent decree would expand the ballot receipt deadline and the cure process.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

North Carolina Cure Guidance

DSCC v. North Carolina State Board of Elections

On behalf of the North Carolina Democratic Party, DSCC and DCCC, we challenged North Carolina’s directive that will reject mail ballots for any error with the Witness Requirement without providing voters with an opportunity to cure.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

North Carolina November 2020 Election Challenge

North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans v. North Carolina

On behalf of the National Redistricting Foundation and the North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans, we sued the state over its vote by mail restrictions and in-person voting options for the 2020 general election. We challenge North Carolina’s witness requirement, lack of pre-paid postage, receipt deadline, signature matching procedures and application assistance ban. We also ask the state to expand early voting by an additional 21 days.


North Carolina Congressional Partisan Gerrymandering

Harper v. Lewis

Secured a significant victory on behalf of North Carolina voters when a North Carolina state court ruled that the state cannot proceed with House primaries under the current congressional map, which is being challenged as an improper partisan gerrymander.


North Carolina Election Contest

In the matter of: Investigation of Election Irregularities Affecting Counties within the 9th Congressional District

Matter before the State Board of Elections which found that the Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District corrupted the 2018 general election through “fraud, improprieties, and irregularities so pervasive that its results are tainted as the fruit of an operation manifestly unfair to the voters and corrosive to our system of representative government.” The Board ordered for a new election after finding absentee ballot fraud funded by the Republican candidate.


North Carolina Voting Rights HB 589

North Carolina State Conference of NAACP v. McCrory

Secured a major voting rights victory on behalf of North Carolina voters in which a three-judge panel issued a unanimous ruling that the State’s Republican-led General Assembly intentionally discriminated against African Americans when it enacted several new voting restrictions in 2013. The decision invalidated the changes to North Carolina’s voting mechanisms, meaning that same-day registration, out-of-precinct provisional voting, preregistration, and the lost early voting days were reinstated. North Carolina’s voter ID law was also enjoined.


North Carolina Racial Gerrymandering

Cooper v. Harris

Secured a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on May 22, 2017 on behalf of North Carolina voters seeking to invalidate North Carolina’s 1st and 12th Congressional Districts as racial gerrymanders in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Kagan, upheld the district court’s judgment that the North Carolina General Assembly had unlawfully used race to draw congressional districts.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

North Carolina Early Vote Location

North Carolina Democratic Party v. North Carolina

State constitutional challenge to SB 325 (“Uniform & Expanded Early Voting Act), which eliminated the only mandatory weekend day of Early Voting (the last Saturday before Election Day), and imposed uniformity requirements among early voting locations in each county that ultimately led to a reduction in early voting hours and locations in many of North Carolina’s counties during the 2018 general election.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

North Carolina Absentee Ballot Collection Law

Advance North Carolina v. North Carolina

In 2019, North Carolina passed a voting law that, among other things, requires that absentee ballot request forms be completed and returned only by the voter, their near relative/guardian, or a member of a county-board authorized multi-partisan team. These provisions not only deny voters valuable assistance in obtaining absentee ballots to facilitate their political participation, but also infringe on the core political speech and associational activities of organizations and citizens working to increase voter turnout.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

North Carolina COVID-19 Election Relief

Stringer v. North Carolina

On behalf of individual voters, and sponsored by the National Redistricting Foundation and Right to Vote Foundation, we sued North Carolina over the State’s vote by mail restrictions. Even though North Carolina permits no-excuse vote by mail as an option, the remaining restrictions compounded with the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 disenfranchises voters. We challenged the lack of prepaid postage, the requirement that two witnesses have to sign the completed mail ballot, the requirement that absentee ballots be received by three days after Election Day, and the inconsistent signature matching process.


North Carolina State Legislative Partisan Gerrymandering

Common Cause v. Lewis

Challenge to the North Carolina 2017 legislative maps that were drawn with partisan intent to create a Republican-controlled Legislature.