A coalition of North Carolina advocacy groups has fired up a campaign to defeat all six of the referendum questions on the November ballot. The opposition group includes the state NAACP, the ACLU of North Carolina, North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections and Democracy North Carolina.
At a press conference Monday, the group unveiled its “By The People” campaign, which will include events, community organizing and a paid advertising campaign.
Another group, “Stop Deceptive Amendments,” has also begun running anti-amendment advertising. That coalition includes Common Cause, the N.C. League of Conservation Voters and the N.C. Association of Educators.
The amendments deserve robust opposition because of the route they took to the ballot — the darkened back rooms of the General Assembly’s leadership. There was little or no debate, no public hearings or other input. They were conceived in secrecy and pushed onto the ballot by the legislative fiat of a veto-proof General Assembly majority.