Making Democracy Work

Voter Service/Protection ACTION TEAM



Team Leaders

Voter Service Leaders: Victoria Shea and Krishna Mondal. If you need more information, please contact: lwvmondk@gmail.com

View the statement that the League of Women Voters of NC made at the July 28, 2019 meeting of the NC State Board of Elections regarding the state and county processes for certifying and purchasing voting machines.

The League of Women Voters is dedicated to keeping the polls open and accessible to all citizens. We work to protect voting rights at the both the state and federal level.

Volunteer Opportunity: Attend Monthly Board of Election's Meeting

An Easy, Fun Way to be Extremely Helpful

Having one or more League members at the monthly meetings of the county Boards of Elections is easy. Meetings are open to the public and Boards are pleased to have observers. There is a time for public comment, but it is also fine just to go listen. You will learn a great deal about how the Board does its work of making elections fair, secure, and accessible. And developing an ongoing relationship between the local Board and the local League is a excellent foundation for substantive two-way communication.

The Voter Services team is looking for volunteers to attend meetings in all three of our counties.

  • The Chatham team is well-established but would be delighted to have other members join us to `learn the ropes.'

    - The Chatham Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the Board office (80 East St # D, Pittsboro, NC 27312) Website

  • In Orange and Durham, it would be great if a League member brought a friend to share the fun!

    - The Orange Board meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 4pm at the Board office (208 S Cameron St, Hillsborough, NC 27278) Website
    - The Durham Board typically meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5pm. Location and meeting time occasionally vary; information is available on their website.

Volunteer Opportunity: Registering Voters

ODC is excited about partnering with You Can Vote (YCV) this year for our voter registration and education events. YCV is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in Durham that helps educate and register voters. YCV has a robust infrastructure that focuses directly on voter registration with a well-defined training program and experienced supervisors managing the volunteers. Therefore, ODC will be sending our members who want to register voters to YCV for training and engagement. ODC benefits from this partnership by co-sponsoring some events with YCV as well as having YCV promote the League's online voter guide and information at http://www.VOTE411.org.

If you are interested in volunteering with YCV to register voters please click HERE. For more details on ODC-YCV partnership please contact ODC liaison, Rick Morgan at rickmorgan73@gmail.com

Take Action Now

It is critical that we organize immediately to have our Leagues attending the local boards of election meetings to advocate for the following issues:

1. Protect Sunday voting, with a special emphasis on religious accommodation. Orthodox Jews will not drive or participate in a Saturday voting day, so for those who work, Sunday is the only day for them to vote during early voting.
2. Ensure that locations for early voting are easy for college students, the elderly, rural citizens, etc. to use. Ensure that parking is available. Consider the needs of the handicapped.
3. Consider geographical location. How many miles and how long will it take for a person to get to the nearest early voting sites?

The LWV ODC is committed to attending Board of Election meetings to ensure that these issues are raised and protected. Please contact Brenda Rogers if you would like to attend your local Board of Elections meeting on behalf of the League.

Contact Information for Your Senators and Representatives

Five LWVODC Volunteers Register New Voters at Naturalization Ceremony

Five LWVODC volunteers: Barry Bassett, Kathy Kuntzman, Maria Lapetina, Vickie Shea and Terry Landers attended the Naturalization Ceremony on April 12, 2019 at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center

LWVODC Volunteers

The ceremony was held in the Nelson Mandala Auditorium. Fifty-eight individuals from 26 different countries were scheduled to be sworn in. The UNC Color Guard and an all-female a cappella group started the program.

The oath of allegiance was administered And each newly naturalized citizen was called to receive their certificate.

During the reception which followed, there was a very enthusiastic crowd and we registered 24 of the new citizens to vote.

The 24 signed applications were delivered to the Orange County Board of Elections Friday afternoon.

This is the 5th time that a Naturalization Ceremony has been held at UNC Global, and they intend to continue doing so every spring. The Manager of Global Events thanked us for participating, and we agreed to see each other again next year.

2018 Naturalization Ceremony