Vote

The right to vote is precious.

…the issue of universal voting rights continues to be the struggle in our democracy, including here in North Carolina.

It has not always been a right for all U.S. citizens. While strides have been made to expand the right to vote across genders, races, ethnicities, and classes, there are still U.S. citizens who cannot access the ballot box. Thus, the issue of universal voting rights continues to be the struggle in our democracy, including here in North Carolina.

We believe that who we elect matters. In order to hold our elected officials accountable for their decisions on laws that impact our environment, we need to make sure that all eligible North Carolina citizens have the opportunity to be a part of this accountability cycle.

If eligible voters don’t vote, then legislators can argue that they are fulfilling the mandate of their constituents. But, if we turn out and elect candidates who share our environmental values and priorities, then we can turn the tide against elected officials who vote against protections for our environment and communities. Our goal is to elect a General Assembly that truly reflects the environmental values shared by North Carolinians across the state.

Are registered to vote in North Carolina? Or, unsure of the many changes impacting voting rules and regulations? Learn how to check and update your registration as well as stay informed on how court rulings and other legislative actions will impact you at the polls in 2016.

The NCLCV staff and board have been working on environmental issues for nearly 50 years.

The NCLCV staff and board have been working on environmental issues for nearly 50 years. We have tackled issues ranging from nuclear power plants to land conservation, pollution prevention to transportation, air to water, and many more. We have fought these battles in the media, in the courtroom, before state Boards and Commissions, and at the General Assembly. We have been lawyers, citizens, teachers, parents, and lobbyists.

But, after more than 30 years, we came to a very important conclusion: no matter how effective an advocate you are, no matter how good your lobbyist is, it doesn’t matter very much if the decision-makers you are trying to move don’t care about your issues.

So in 1999, NCLCV established the Conservation PAC to help environmentalists be more political, and politicians be more environmental. We are one of the few environmental groups in North Carolina who can directly engage in elections.

Our goal is to elect an environmental majority to the General Assembly, so that we can pass stronger laws to protect our environment. Our Conservation PAC endorses candidates for statewide and legislative positions every two years. You can view current and past endorsements of North Carolina legislative candidates here.