• Description

North Carolinians -- particularly our Black and Latiné neighbors -- have always faced an evolving array of barriers that prevented them from exercising their freedom to vote. Last century's literacy tests and poll taxes, used to keep Black and low-resourced voters away from the polls, have evolved into more insidious tactics like complex vote-by-mail procedures, intimidation, and felony disenfranchisement.

Each year, Democracy North Carolina and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) work to identify and remove voting barriers. The 2020 Election Protection report documents our work during one of the state's highest turnout and safest elections on record. 

Central to our report is an analysis of over 13,000 phone calls voters made to our statewide voter assistance hotline (888-OUR-VOTE) as well as from thousands of volunteers (also known as "Vote Protectors"), who observed polling places and helped voters during the 2020 elections.