Vote YES on 2018 NC Amendments

Vote YES on the 6 NC Amendments on the November 2018 ballot. 

What Dimms and Gov Roy Cooper is doing to thwart the ballot measures

N & O: 8/4/18  Roy Cooper will take the legislature to court over proposed amendments

WFAE:  8/5 Roy Cooper Plans To Sue After General Assembly Overrides 2 Vetoes

8/6:  Channel 11 Eyewitness News:  Judge prevents finalizing North Carolina ballots for now


Phil Berger
Legislative Update

Jane -- 

As I told you about earlier this summer, the General Assembly voted to place six Constitutional amendments before the voters this year. The amendments include Voter ID and capping the state income tax rate. In my opinion, it just makes sense for voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot, as is the law in 34 other states. Capping the income tax rate will also guard against the failed tax-and-spend policies that plunged the state budget deep into the red during the recession.

But yesterday morning, Democratic activists filed lawsuits to keep several of the amendments off the ballot in November. They’re searching for an activist judge to stop North Carolina voters from deciding on their own Constitution.

Here’s what’s going on.

Earlier in the summer, the General Assembly voted to place six Constitutional amendments before the voters this year. They are:

  1. To require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.
  2. To reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%).
  3. To protect the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
  4. To strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.
  5. To establish a bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections to administer ethics and election laws, to clarify the appointment authority of the Legislative and the Judicial Branches, and to prohibit legislators from serving on boards and commission sexercising executive or judicial authority.
  6. To implement a nonpartisan merit-based system that relies on professional qualifications instead of political influence when nominating Justices and judges to be selected to fill vacancies that occur between judicial elections.

These policies are very popular and they’re likely to pass with broad support. The Democrats’ only way to keep that from happening is to find an activist judge to prevent the amendments from ever appearing on the ballot, which is what they’re trying to do now.

The General Assembly will fight the Democrats’ ridiculous attempts to stop the voters from determining how their state is run.

Thank you, and it’s an honor to serve as leader of the North Carolina State Senate.

General Assembly Passes Bill to Eliminate Requirement of Constitutional Ballot ‘Captions,’ Overrides Gov. Veto of Bill

Responding to concerns about the potential for bias and voter confusion, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill to eliminate the requirement of ballot ‘captions’ for the six proposed constitutional amendments scheduled to appear on the ballot this fall.

House Bill 3 eliminates the worry that those captions will not accurately reflect the intent of the ballot questions as written and passed by the General Assembly. Instead of a ballot caption, voters will instead see the simple phrase “Constitutional Amendment” above each ballot question.

This legislation became necessary after concerns were raised that the commission tasked with writing the ballot captions would politicize the process. Those concerns were validated this past week when Democratic members of the commission turned a public work session into a partisan spectacle, attacking the amendments despite assurances from Sec. of State Elaine Marshall in a letter to me that they would carry out their duties in a nonpartisan fashion.

The ballot questions for the six constitutional amendments were established in legislation approved by three-fifths of each chamber of the General Assembly. Those amendments propose to lower the maximum income tax on families and businesses, preserve the right to hunt and fish, strengthen victims’ rights, establish a merit system to fill judicial vacancies, ensure a bipartisan Board of Elections, and establish voter ID. 

After Gov. Cooper vetoed the bill, the General Assembly overrode his veto this past weekend, removing any chance of voter confusion.

General Assembly Acts to Prevent Voter Confusion, Gamesmanship in N.C. Judicial Races

The North Carolina General Assembly took action to help prevent political gamesmanship from sowing voter confusion in the upcoming elections, passing legislation to conform the rules for all judicial races with those for every other public office in the state.

Senate Bill 3 conforms the rules for all judicial races to those for every other public office in the state. The measure clarifies that judicial candidates who switched their party registration within 90 days of filing for office may not appear on the ballot as members of either their previous party or the party to which they switched their affiliation.

This clarification became necessary after multiple judicial candidates across the state from both parties changed their party affiliation days or hours before filing to run for office. The potential motive for such behavior is to influence the election to favor one candidate by masquerading as a loyal member of the opposite party, thereby splitting the vote. Under current law, this type of maneuvering is illegal for every office except judicial seats.

Gov. Cooper vetoed the bill, making outlandish claims that we are attempting to “rig the system,” in order to protect his own party’s attempts at political gamesmanship, but we took action this past weekend, overriding his veto, ensuring that voters receive clear, accurate information on their ballots this fall.

Senator Phil Berger

What Gov Roy Cooper and Dimms are Doing to Thwart These Efforts

Roy Cooper will take the legislature to court over proposed amendments