One of Free the Vote North Carolina′s primary activities is legislative advocacy. While we work to educate and communicate the need for free, fair and equal elections, we also get out on the front lines and work for the people of North Carolina to make those needed reforms a reality.
Below you will find information about our past legislative advocacy as well as our current projects. We hope that you will learn more about the legislation we advocate for and consider giving of your time to help us see to it that these innovative and liberty oriented pieces of legislation make it into law.
HB794: Voter Freedom Act of 2013 (Study Bill)
The Voter Freedom Act of 2013 started out as an election reform bill to greatly reduce North Carolina's restrictive ballot access requirements and restore free and legitimate elections in North Carolina. During the legislative process however the bill was changed into a Study Bill to study the possibility of ballot access reform and then make such recommendations to the Assembly as the Committee may decide.
HB752 is a measure to 1) change the legal and ballot terminology North Carolina uses to address candidates with no formal political affiliation from "Unaffiliated" to "Independent" and 2) to create a new rule to allow Independent candidates to retain access to the ballot in subsequent General Elections by meeting a certain vote threshold.
The repeal of the straight ticket device in North Carolina is long overdue. Free the Vote North Carolina supports free & equal elections and educated voting. The straight ticket device encourages uneducated voting and tends to unduly benefit the two-major parties.
The Nonpartisan Redistricting Process bill, HB606, would be a step toward taking politics out of redistricting to bring about more fair and equitable districts and elections in North Carolina by reducing the amount of gerrymandering.
Previous Legislative Session Bills
″The mission of Free the Vote North Carolina is to eliminate barriers to participation in the electoral process that restrict or limit the right of citizens to vote for the person of their choice; to have their vote counted; to run for elective office, and; to organize and operate political parties that are treated equally under the law with other political parties.″