Election Law Changes and Nonprofits

Date Posted: 11/22/2017
Last Updated: 5/30/2024


In August 2013, the N.C. General Assembly passed H.B. 589, the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which makes several significant changes to North Carolina’s election laws.  Legislators made important changes to this law in June of 2015.  Because nonprofits are among the most trusted institutions in their communities, it is important that they provide accurate, nonpartisan information to their staff, volunteers, and those they serve about the election process.  

To help you do provide this information, the N.C. Center for Nonprofits has prepared this summary of the parts of VIVA that may affect civic engagement by 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  It is essential for 501(c)(3) nonprofits to be completely nonpartisan in all their civic engagement work, including voter education.