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Students Band Together Against Voter Suppression

We are at a critical moment in North Carolina. Just a few weeks ago, the courts struck down NC monster voting law reinstating the law as prior to 2013. This means that same day registration, expanded early voting, and no ID requirement is the law….For now!

The monster law was not the first attempt to suppress the voices of youth of color and LGBTQ youth at the ballot box. We know poll workers, board of election officials and regressive ideologues want to restrict the process of who has access to the ballot.

With laws such as HB2 (anti-trans, anti-worker) and HB972 (does not allow public access to body cam footage) this election is vital that young people have access to show support or against politicians. These attacks have not stopped dedicated residents of this state from banding together to elevate the people’s voice. Since 2013 Ignite NC deployed more than 800 volunteers to monitor the polls on Election day and during early voting. Election Protection volunteers will be trained to be the eyes and ears on the ground documenting and combating voter suppression. As the monster voting law goes to the supreme court we will collect stories about folks experiences at the polls that will impact the ongoing litigation. We must ensure that every voter has the opportunity to vote, and every vote must count.

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Flush Voter Suppression

Sign up to take a stand for voting rights in NC!

defenderFeaturedImageIn 2013, Pat McCrory passed H.B. 589, putting into effect one of the worst voter suppression laws in the country. Measures such as the photo ID requirement at the polls, the elimination of pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and shortening the early voting period by a week aim to disenfranchise people of color, working people, immigrants,  and students. By suppressing these voices, those behind this law aim for a future without regard for education, healthcare, and other public services.

These efforts have caused a litany of problems related to voting across North Carolina since it has passed, including out-of-state students turned away for improper ID without being offered provisional ballots or impediment forms, lines of 3+ hours because of narrowed early voting hours and mass voter confusion.

In particular, students at North Carolina State University did not have access to any early voting sites within walking distance to their campus, because the Wake County Board of Elections failed to provide such a site. Ignite NC’s Vote Defender Project has mobilized hundreds of volunteers to protect the right to vote, and we must continue the effort to increase access to the polls. This summer, the Board of Elections will make decisions about the placement of early voting sites.

2016 has been a tumultuous year for voting rights. We must stand up to the BOE at their meetings in order to win accessible early voting sites for students in North Carolina. We must also continue to advocate for students, people of color, immigrants, older people, and working people.

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Students Band Together Against Voter Suppression

RSVP FOR A VOTE DEFENDER TRAINING NEAR YOU

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Students Band Together Against Voter Suppression

We are at a critical moment in North Carolina. In 2013 our state passed the worst voter suppression law in the country which included an end to pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, elimination of same day registration, a week cut to early voting, and a voter id mandate that is being implemented in this year’s election cycle. The monster voter id law requires all eligible voters to produce one of six forms of Identification. College IDs are not acceptable forms identification creating an extra obstacle for college students, especially those who are out of state.

We’ve also received cuts to education, healthcare, and other public services which greatly impacts the lives of young people, students, people of color, women, immigrants, and working people. The people in power that are restricting voting rights are the same ones attacking reproductive justice and workers rights. All of these issues are interconnected to a larger power structure that has the goal of maintaining the status quo; one that does not adequately represent the vast majority of North Carolinians.

These attacks have not stopped dedicated residents of this state from banding together to elevate the people’s voice. In 2014 Ignite NC deployed 400 volunteers to monitor the polls on Election day and this year we are increasing our efforts. Election Protection volunteers will be trained to be the eyes and ears on the ground documenting and combating voter suppression. As this case moves through federal court the stories we collect about folks experiences at the polls will impact the ongoing litigation. We must ensure that every voter has the opportunity to vote, and every vote must count.

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Become a Vote Defender

This fall, North Carolina holds the first big election with the controversial voting law changes adopted last year. We need your help to provide information and help stop voter suppression. Will you join us in this effort?

Become a Vote Defender! Ignite NC, Democracy NC, and our local partner groups are co-hosting trainings across the state.for volunteers who want to be poll monitors at selected precincts on Election Day. Teams of volunteers outside the polling place will wear t-shirts, answer basic questions, and document voters’ experiences through an Exit Survey. In addition, volunteers will direct voters who experience a problem or have a complaint to a Hotline staffed by election experts.

You don’t need to be an expert to be a Vote Defender Volunteer. But you do need to attend a training! You’ll learn about how to conduct the exit survey and record complaints, receive your t-shirt and other materials, and be teamed up with another volunteer.

Join us in the on-the-ground fight against voter suppression!

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Ignite NC Launches Fall Fellowships!

Ignite NC Fall Fellowships

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, August 13 at 12:00PM

Decisions will be made by August 18.

Ignite NC is accepting applications for three types of fellowships this fall: Community Organizing (8 positions), NC Vote Defenders (9 positions), and Media & Communication (1 position).

Youth ages 18-30 are eligible to apply.  Those selected for the program will receive a 3 day training and a $500 stipend upon successful completion. Descriptions of fellowships are below

NC Vote Defenders Fellow:

In 2013 NC passed the worst voter suppression law in the country that makes it more difficult for youth, people of color, and poor people to vote. By monitoring polls and educating the public about the changes. Ignite NC’s Vote Defender project is raising awareness about the new laws, watchdogging election officials and other voters for patterns of misconduct, and building the movement for grassroots people’s power in NC.

The positions can be based anywhere in NC, through there are a limited number of positions.

If you are selected, you must be able to attend a mandatory 2 day organizing training in Durham, NC Saturday, August 30- Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) and a statewide conference September 12-14 in Raleigh NC.  Travel stipends will be made available.

We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.  Women, LGBTQ, and people of color, outside the Triangle or Charlotte area, between the ages of 18-30, are strongly encouraged to apply.  You do not have to be a student to apply.

NC Vote Defender Fellow

Position: Fellow
Dates: August 30 – November 25
Hours: minimum of 80 hours

Location: Fellows will based in or near campus community. A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Responsibilities:

  • Protect voting rights in NC by educating students on the new voting law
  • Recruit and train volunteers for election day poll monitoring
  • Gather pledge cards to engage youth around relevant issues
  • Attend a mandatory three-day organizing training August 30-September 1
  • Document your work through blog posts, pictures, and administrative tracking

Document and build relationships with local organizations around enfranchisement and support local youth and student base-building efforts participate in a closing evaluation 

FELLOWS MUST HAVE

  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to building the progressive youth and student movement in North Carolina Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • Available and willing to work some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  • Must have a driver’s license and preferably a car

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

Community Organizing Fellow:

The purpose of these fellowships is to build the youth and student movement in North Carolina. In order to do this, we must make deep investments in young leaders – through training, ongoing coaching, and access to resources for on the ground organizing.

Ignite NC is seeking organizing fellows to build the movement for grassroots people’s power in NC. From racial profiling to joblessness, young people must organize to change their own conditions and collectively build a better future. These fellowships are designed for youth who are currently working on an issue based campaign.

If you are currently working with a campus or community organization, or have an exciting organizing initiative you want to bring to reality, this fellowship provides organizing training, mentorship, and a stipend to enable you to spend more dedicated time to organize.

The positions can be based anywhere in NC, through there are a limited number of positions.  If you are selected for this fellowship, you must be able to attend a mandatory organizing training on August 30- September 1 (Durham NC) and a statewide conference Sep 12-14 (Raleigh NC) Gas stipends will be made available.

We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.  Women, LGBTQ, and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.  Considering applicants between the ages of 18-30.  You do not have to currently be a student to apply.

Community Organizer Fellow

Position: Fellow
Dates: August 30 – November 24
Hours: minimum of 80 hours

Location: Fellows will be hired to be based in and near campuses in North Carolina. A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a work plan that brings capacity to an existing campaign in the youth and student movement.
  • Gather pledge cards that engage youth around relevant issues
  • Fellows will spend 25% of their work on civic engagement
  • Attend a mandatory Three-day organizing training August 30-September 1
  • Document your work through blog posts, pictures, and tracking
  • Participate in a fellowship evaluation 

FELLOWS MUST HAVE

  • A strong and proven commitment to progressive values and building the power of youth and students, especially LGBTQ youth, women, low-income youth, and youth of color
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • Available and willing to work some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  • Must have a driver’s license and preferably a car

To Apply

To apply fill out the applicaiton send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

 

Communication Fellow:

Communication Fellow’s will support the organizing work of the NC Vote Defender Fellows and organizing fellows! The positions can be based anywhere in NC. Activities will include writing press releases, managing social media, creating graphics/flyers, updating website and developing a media strategy.

If you are selected, you must be able to attend a mandatory 2 day organizing training in Durham, NC Saturday, August 30- Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) and a statewide conference September 12-14 in Raleigh NC.  Travel stipends will be made available.

We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.  Women, LGBTQ, and people of color, outside the Triangle or Charlotte area, between the ages of 18-30, are strongly encouraged to apply.  You do not have to be a student to apply.

 

Specific Requirements Include:

 

 BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY: Fellows the communications unit in its efforts to develop and implement strategies to advance the brand, value and mission of Ignite NC, and the strategic planning and management of organization-wide outreach and marketing projects and collateral through traditional and new media marketing tools, and collaboration with University and departments Community Organizations on effective cross-marketing opportunities.

 

Communication Fellow

Position: Fellow
Dates: August 30 – November 25
Hours: minimum of 80 hours

Location: Fellows will based in or near campus community. A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a media strategy that supports organizing efforts
  • Using traditional and social media to create awareness about emerging organizations and initiatives
  • Creating email announcements that uplift and aid organizing work
  • Create materials and keep website updated
  • Recruit and train volunteers for election day poll monitoring
  • Gather pledge cards to engage youth around relevant issues
  • Attend a mandatory three-day organizing training August 30-September 1

FELLOWS MUST HAVE

  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to building the progressive youth and student movement in North Carolina Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • Available and willing to work some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  • Must have a driver’s license and preferably a car
  • Be Familiar with wordpress, HTML, social media platforms and have communication experience
  • Demonstrates a passion for understanding strategic communications and its integration into an overall marketing strategy.
  • Exceptional written and personal communication skills
  • Demonstrated creativity in the practice of PR or related field
  • Willingness and ability to work well in teams
  • Experience in manage social media accounts

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

IGNITE NC MISSION STATEMENT

Solutions to the problems facing North Carolina and our global community lie within our ability to work together for the common good and to build the leadership and power of young people to create lasting change.  In order to create the kind of future we all deserve, we must understand our past, defend the gains made by those who came before us, and ignite and empower everyday people to lead efforts to build a fair and just future. When those most affected by injustice are the leaders who find and implement solutions, we will create a better world.

 

 

Reports from the field – May 2014 Vote Defenders

On Tuesday, May 6, nearly 300 volunteers worked multiple-hour shifts in 36 NC counties, distributing over 5,000 wallet cards with information about the new voting law, and collecting nearly 3,000 exit surveys from recent voters.

On Wednesday, May 7 we released a preliminary advisory with our reports from the field.

Read our May 7, 2014 press release.

A fuller report on our findings and an analysis of the exit survey results coming soon!

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Media Release 5/7/14: Initial Results from 2014 Primary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 7, 2014
Media Contacts:
Bryan Perlmutter 704-770-6418
ncvoterdefense@gmail.com

 
Volunteers Report Confusion Over Precinct Assignments and Uneven and Inadequate Voter Education at Polls

N.C. – On May 6 over 300 volunteers monitored precincts in 36 North Carolina counties, informing voters about the new voting laws, documenting incidents, and conducting an exit survey.  This effort was organized by Ignite NC’s Vote Defender Project and Democracy NC in coordination with a professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

The volunteer “Vote Defenders” helped hundreds of people vote, distributed thousands of pieces of voter education wallet cards, and collected nearly 3,000 surveys of recent voters.

In 2016 North Carolina voters will be required to show a government-issued photo ID (other than a student ID) to cast a ballot.  In order to aid the over 300,000 registered North Carolina voters that the state identified as not having a government-issued ID, poll workers were instructed to tell voters that they needed an ID to vote starting in 2016 and to give them information about how to obtain a free ID.

Initial reports indicate:

  • Inconsistent messages from a number of poll workers regarding Voter ID requirements,
  • Many voters reported that their poll worker did NOT MENTION the Voter ID requirement going into effect in 2016, and
  • Continued voting difficulties in Watauga County.

“With many of Boone’s precincts so close together and with all their recent precinct changes, including moving the precinct off App State’s campus, many voters were confused and found themselves going to the wrong polling sites.  Since provisional ballots no longer count if you vote out of precinct, they had to make sure to be in the right place.  Some folks had to walk multiple miles to ensure their vote counted.  What should have been a simple trip turned into a major inconvenience.  Inconsistent behavior and confusion by poll workers just made these issues worse,” said Bryan Perlmutter, Ignite NC Director who was in Boone on election day.

“If the Legislators in North Carolina are going to make such sweeping changes to our voting laws, they need to have an adequate voter education budget to ensure every eligible NC voter knows and understand the new laws and that every precinct worker and polling official gets the training and resources they need.  Every NC citizen needs to have easy access to a free ID and the state must do what it takes to make sure no one is disenfranchised.  This is particularly important for elderly voters, disabled voters, poor voters, and young people.  Not to do what it takes, to under-fund voter education in the aftermath of a new voter ID law is willful negligence,” said Irving Allen, Fellowship Coordinator of Ignite NC and Director of GSO Voting Voices.

The NC Vote Defender Project and Democracy NC intend to scale this project up for the fall mid-term elections with a goal of putting 1,000 trained volunteers into the field.

A thorough report on the findings of the exit surveys will be ready later this summer.

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Vote Defender Trainings Underway

Ignite NC along with Democracy NC have trained over 200 people to become Vote Defenders. We know this is only one way we are mobilizing to build a better world and fight back against injustice. The trainings are a powerful intergenerational space that is building connection beyond this project. Take a look at some of the photos. Feeling inspired? Sign the Call-To-Action!

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Youth ready to monitor polls

NC Vote Defenders monitor the polls for voter suppression at Precinct 212
NC Vote Defenders monitor the polls for voter suppression at Precinct 212

After marching at HKonJ and mobilizing to watchdog county BOE meetings we are gearing up to train our next group of Vote Defenders for the May primary.  We know that youth, people of color, and the elderly are being targeted by new voter suppression measures and we must work to stop it. Every person has a right to vote and we must ensure that. Register for one of our upcoming trainings!