Grantees track “election integrity” movement in North Carolina that provides playbook for voter suppression

A polling place in Cary, North Carolina, during midterm primary elections. Photograph: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

A team of reporters in North Carolina, with one of the Fund’s new emergency grants for stories on threats to democracy, spent several months tracking a new organization that said it was focused on “election integrity” – but actually aims to depress voter turnout. Reporters Jordan Wilkie and Laura Lee found that a network of “election integrity” groups is in essence finetuning its systems in advance of the 2024 presidential race. The reporters found that the group was flooding election officials with requests for information to fuel post-election disinformation and misinformation campaigns. The story was published in the Guardian, the Assembly, the Chatham News & Record and several National Public Radio affiliates.