3 WAYS TO Fight for Voters IN 2019
1. Democracy Summer 20th Anniversary
Dr. King teaches us, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” He knew the power we have as leaders is to listen and bring people together.
In 2019, Democracy Summer — Democracy North Carolina’s innovative paid internship program that exposes young leaders to new ideas and movements — celebrates its 20th anniversary year. Recruitment begins now for this special
class of students, who will be equipped with lifelong skills that they can use to work for positive social change in their communities. Their nine-week internship will take them from the halls of state government to the neighborhoods of their local communities, teaching them how to organize people around a shared vision for a better democracy.
To share or apply for this internship opportunity, visit demnc.co/demsummer.
2. Nonprofit Voter Engagement Grants Are Available
Dr. King said, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” He tells us transformational leaders are found at every part of our communities — they find meaning and purpose and a higher calling in their daily endeavors.
North Carolina’s nonprofit services providers are some of the most important resources in our communities — and serve many of the same populations who most need information and resources to make their votes count. Our Nonprofit Voter Engagement Program is a nonpartisan initiative of Democracy North Carolina to engage, support, and evaluate the
role of nonprofit service providers doing voter engagement. We can provide training, voter education materials, up-to-date information on election laws — all tailored to fit the needs of your organization.
To apply for Democracy North Carolina’s NPVE grant, visit demnc.co/nonprofit.
3. Board of Elections Monitor
Dr. King said, “Every step toward the goal of justice requires [the] passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” We are reminded that our fight isn’t just during the election season, but is a year-round call to make sure our rights are protected.
The way voting laws are applied in North Carolina is often decided at the local level. Now that county boards of elections shoulder much of responsibility for implementing and facilitating new photo ID requirements, we need to understand how the election system operates locally to make sure it works for all. That means watching the actions of the County Board of Elections year round, attending its monthly meetings, developing relationships with the members, and raising our voices at crucial times.
To sign up to be a 2019 Board of Elections Monitor, visit demnc.co/boe.