With nine weeks until the midterm elections, we are pleased to announce the launch of NixAllSix.com, a new website with information and resources about the constitutional amendments currently on the November ballot.
Why Is This Important?
Since 2010, when the last census was drawn and voting districts across the country were gerrymandered to extremes by newly held state legislatures, we have seen our fair and balanced representation in the General Assembly decline, more in North Carolina than in any other state in the country. The current super-majority in the NC Legislature knows it will most likely lose its powerful, veto-proof hold on our state after November, and it is doing everything it can to extract more power from the system before that happens.
Since our original constitution was created in 1776, we have had only two other occasions where more than 6 amendments were on a ballot at once. In 1914 there were 10 – including one on hunting and fishing – and every single one was defeated that year. In 1970 there were 7, but that was preceded by a study commission which met for two years and created detailed implementation language so voters knew what they were voting on.
How Is It Different This Year?
This year there is NO implementation language provided for any of the amendments, and a date has been set for Nov. 27th, 2018, after the election but before the new legislature is seated, to write the details of each one that passes. Voting for these amendments will give the extremist leadership a blank check to write any policy they want to implement the amendments. Only RealIDs for voting? Maybe. No hunting on Sunday? Could happen. They won’t provide the details upfront.
When you break down the language of the amendments, it becomes clear that their sole purpose is to shift as much power over to the legislative branch as possible, pick and choose which voters would have “eligible” photo IDs and be qualified to vote in 2020, and pack the judicial system with their personal choices of judges and justices, while deceiving the voters with misleading descriptions on the ballot.
The six amendments on the ballot this year were drafted out of sight, with no bi-partisan notice or input allowed, and snuck in during the May short session which saw other disastrous policies like the #BackroomBudget bill created behind the backs of Democrats.
These amendments have no place in our constitution. If they were presented as laws they would be subject to debate and more transparency of the details upfront. They would also be subject to challenges at the Supreme Court level. However, since two of these issues (VoterID and taking away the power of the Governor to appoint members to the Board of Elections) have already been deemed unconstitutional by the court as previously written, the legislature has decided to just try and change the constitution and circumvent the court’s decision.
What Can You Do?
Working together, we can create a North Carolina that will be part of the change we want to see in the world. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help.
Share the word. Share this site. And help protect our democracy by voting against every constitutional amendment in November.