Advocacy groups begin campaigns against all 6 referendums

The News & Observer

Election advocacy, civil rights and other organizations often critical of North Carolina Republican policies for years have formed campaigns to oppose all six constitutional referendums in November, calling the amendments misleading power grabs that would hurt the public and justice.

The North Carolina NAACP, Democracy North Carolina, ACLU of North Carolina and North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections held a Raleigh news conference Monday to unveil their “By The People” campaign, which includes community events, grassroots organizing and paid advertising. Radio ads featuring state NAACP president Rev. T. Anthony Spearman have started airing, campaign leader Melissa Price Kromm said.

Two amendments would swing powers historically held by the executive branch — which Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper leads — toward the Republican-dominated General Assembly when it comes to judicial vacancies and the state elections board. Another would enshrine a photo identification to vote in person after previous voter ID legislation was vetoed or struck down by federal courts.

“‘By The People’ is committed to making sure the people of North Carolina hear the truth about these amendments,” Kromm said in front of the Legislative Building. “Ultimately, our state constitution enshrines the most important protections for our freedom, for our rights, for our liberties, and the legislature has declared war on it.”

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