The Amendments

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.

[  ] FOR [ ❌] AGAINST

WHAT IT SAYS:

“Constitutional amendment protecting the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.”

 WHY THE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST:

Supported by the corporate gun lobby, it could be used to challenge gun restrictions - including restrictions on guns in public parks and schools.

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WHAT IT SAYS:

“Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime, to establish certain, absolute basic rights for victims, and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.”

WHY THE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST:

Victims need protections, but this solution proposed by a California billionaire delays justice for everyone, at a hefty cost to taxpayers.

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WHAT IT SAYS:

“Constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%).”

HY THE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST:

Permanently shifts taxes to help wealthy donors at the expense of working families and hurts our ability to fund our classrooms and build roads.

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WHAT IT SAYS:

“Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.”

WHY THE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST:

Only Mississippi has a strict photo ID mandate in its constitution. This proposal is worse: it lets legislators revive a discriminatory law to exclude any voters they want.

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WHAT IT SAYS:

“Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the Governor has sole appointment power to a process in which the people of the State nominate individuals to fill vacancies by way of a commission comprised of appointees made by the judicial, executive, and legislative branches charged with making recommendations to the legislature as to which nominees are deemed qualified; then the legislature will recommend at least two nominees to the Governor via legislative action not subject to gubernatorial veto, and the Governor will appoint judges from among these nominees.”

WHY THE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST:

Gives the legislature the power to appoint political cronies as judges who will rule in favor of corporate polluters and other special interests. All living former governors and all living chief justices from both major parties oppose.

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WHAT IT SAYS:

 “Constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the Constitution to administer ethics and elections law.”

WHY THE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST:

Removes the board’s unaffiliated member, creating a 4-4 deadlocked split that limits voting access and blocks investigations of political corruption. All living former governors and all living chief justices from both major parties oppose.

More Information

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.

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