Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. And yet, throughout our history we have excluded indispensable voices from this fundamental right. African-Americans, women and young people all risked their lives for and eventually gained the right to vote.

The ACLU of North Carolina works to ensure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot that counts. Through litigation, advocacy, and lobbying we challenge laws that seek to suppress or dilute the votes of different communities and work to uphold the promise of the Voting Rights Act by fighting attempts to restrict voting opportunities for communities of color.

In 2016, a lawsuit from the ACLU and other groups led a federal court to block a range of suppressive voting restrictions -- including voter ID and the elimination of same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and a week of early voting -- from going into effect for the November 2016 election. The court found that North Carolina's law was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and targeted African-American voters with "almost surgical precision."

As new threats to voting rights emerge, the ACLU-NC will remain vigilant continue working with allies across the state to protect this fundamental right for all North Carolinians.