The N.C. General Assembly has approved a slate of six constitutional amendments to appear at the end of the 2018 General Election ballot. Each will include only a short caption (“constitutional amendment”) and vague and misleading ballot language set by lawmakers. Voters will be asked to vote ‘FOR’ or ‘AGAINST’ each amendment. They were written by politicians to sound good, but when you read the fine print, they’re a bad deal for NC families.
While these amendments might sound good at first, it's important to dig deeper before you vote. These vague amendments range from unnecessary to dangerous, with little known about the details, the costs, and how many North Carolinians will be discriminated against in the process. As a result, all five living North Carolina governors and all six living N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justices have expressed concern about these amendments, dozens of state and national experts and newspapers have already editorialized against them, and a grassroots movement is building statewide to defeat them.
- WRAL: "Constitutional amendments; less better government, more boosting GOP fortunes"
- WRAL: "Voters need to reject rushed, fatally-flawed Constitutional amendments"
- WRAL: "230 years ago nation's founders saw tyranny N.C. legislators now seek to impose"
- WRAL: "Legislators put fat thumb on N.C. Supreme Court election scale"
- Charlotte Observer: "Voter ID is back in North Carolina, and the justifications are as lame as ever"
- Fayetteville Observer: "Voter ID plan best taken with a grain of suspicion"
- Greensboro News & Record: "Try these better ideas than reducing early voting hours in North Carolina"
- Greensboro News & Record: "Getting to appoint personnel requires the North Carolina General Assembly to be more open."
- Greenville Daily Reflector: "Local fallout: New early voting law may reduce early voting sites"
- News & Observer: "The NC GOP’s amendment plan: Fool the voters"
- News & Observer: "The NC ballot shouldn’t be a riddle. Or a lie."
- News & Observer: "The proposed constitutional amendments are a hot mess"
- News & Observer: "Legislature special session on amendments draws criticism from NC residents"
- Salisbury Post: "Caution, long ballot ahead"
- Salisbury Post: "Voter ID ‘cure worse than disease’"
- Sampson Independent's Larry Sutton: "Say ‘no’ to voter ID"
- Triad City Beat: "In NC amendments, a bad idea gets worse"
- The Virginian-Pilot: "N.C. GOP tries again to stack the deck"
- Wilmington Star News: "Attempted power-grab in Raleigh is plain un-American"
- Wilmington Star News: "Keep N.C. government in balance, accountable"
- Winston-Salem Journal: "Voter ID is still a bad idea"
- Winston-Salem Journal: "Reject this power play involving the NC Constitution"
- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II & Rashad Robinson: "If voter ID comes to NC, Apple and Amazon shouldn't"
- U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield: "Why North Carolinians need to pay attention to Ohio's Voter Purge Law"
- Gerry Cohen, Former NCGA Special Counsel: "New voter photo ID bill is vague and leaves lots of questions"
- Student Nick Courmon: "Don’t try to fool us with new voter ID ploy"
- Bill Gilkeson: "NC amendment would create a State Board of Elections ‘designed to fail’"
- John Hood: "Leaders should remember that wheel of politics always turns"
- Brian Irving: "Don’t be fooled by deceptive amendments"
- William Matthews: "Why All Christians Should Care About North Carolina’s Unjust Voter ID Bill"
- Lee Nackman: "The state income tax cap amendment is bad news. Here’s why."
- Bob Orr, Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice: "NC Republican: I've changed my mind on voter ID"