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North Carolina Center for Voter Education

Posted March 8, 2013
Updated January 12, 2015

As they describe themselves: Founded in 1999, the Raleigh-based North Carolina Center for Voter Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping citizens more fully participate in democracy. The N.C. Center for Voter Education is a leading source for information on government, politics and elections in North Carolina. More here.

On the web: www.ncvotered.com

Affiliates and brands: The center does work under its own name and publishes "The N.C. Voter Guide" in conjunction with UNC-TV. It also publishes "The Voter Update" magazine and produces VoterRadio.com, a streaming service that produces original content and archives and distributes audio of legislative sessions.

Network*: Z. Smith Reynolds

Funding: The center reported raising $524,065 in 2011. Of that, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation reported contributing $375,000.

IRS 990: North Carolina Center for Voter Education 2013 IRS 990

State Information: Click here for more information from the N.C. Secretary of State's office.

Lobbyist: The center has registered two lobbyists in 2013, including director Brent Laurenz.

Media Profile: The center is most active during election cycles. Its lobbyists advocate for public funding of elections and reform of the redistricting process, ideas that are generally nonpartisan in nature although recently have run counter to Republican-authored bills on elections. Laurenz and other center staff are frequently cited as experts on election process and legislative election issues.  


* Many of the public policy think tanks and advocacy groups active in North Carolina fall into one of two camps: A liberal circuit with ties to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and a conservative circuit with ties to the John William Pope Foundation. For more, click here.










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