Vote AGAINST all SIX AMENDMENTS on November 6
When you go to the polls, you will be asked to vote on six amendments to our North Carolina Constitution. One huge danger of these amendments is that the language is vague and brief—just enough to get uninformed voters to vote a Republican-controlled legislature’s way. The vague wording allows legislators to write the detail any way they want after the elections, no matter who it hurts or what damage it does to our time-proven Constitutional strengths.
As scantily written for the ballot, these amendments include …
THE VICTIMS’ RIGHTS AMENDMENT
Victims already have rights under the Constitution. According to the ACLU, this amendment could undermine due process and place significant administrative and financial burdens on state, county, and local governments.
THE HUNTING & FISHING AMENDMENT
North Carolinians can already hunt and fish legally in our state. But wording added after the election could upend decades of good stewardship by eliminating common-sense rules that work; for example, rules that stop overfishing in the Pamlico Sound or local laws that prevent hunting in town limits.
THE PARTISAN COURTS AMENDMENT
This amendment gives the head of the NC Senate, a Republican politician who represents one small district, the power to appoint judges in judicial vacancies all over the state. Does that sound appropriate or fair?
THE STRIP THE GOVERNOR’S POWER AMENDMENT
We all know our state constitution established the separation of powers with 3 branches. This amendment continues to erode the governor’s power and gives the legislature authority to appoint members of 400 state boards. In practice two Republicans from small districts would hold this appointment power.
THE STARVE SCHOOLS INCOME TAX CAP AMENDMENT
An income tax cap might look appealing on the surface, but when public schools need more money, or a hurricane damages our water supply and increases our need for emergency services, we shouldn’t be hamstrung by a lack of funding.
THE VOTER ID SUPPRESSION AMENDMENT
This will stop 300,000+ people from voting. Even worse, it doesn’t specify which IDs will be allowed and which will not. After the elections, legislators can write in language to suppress any group of voters they want.
All six of these amendments undermine the NC Constitution. Vote AGAINST!