2007 was the first year that the North Carolina General Assembly seriously considered Same Day Registration. SDR bills had been introduced in prior years and attracted legislative support, but never gained sufficient traction. This report recounts North Carolina's road to Same Day Registration from three different perspectives: legislative supporters, elections officials and the advocacy community.
Demos conducted a telephone survey of 16 individuals who were involved in the successful effort to pass SDR legislation in 2007. Interviewees included legislators, public policy advocates, community organizers and election officials. Those individuals collectively identified three primary reasons for Same Day Registration's success in 2007:
* New political leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly
* The support of influential election officials; and,
* A strong, unified coalition of advocates and organizers.