What are the amendments?

The state legislature has placed six constitutional amendments on this November’s ballot—the most in the history of our state constitution. At best all of the amendments are unnecessary. At worst they give state legislative leaders a blank check to rewrite our system of checks and balances and permanently entrench their brand of partisan politics in our state constitution.

Amendment

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

What it doesn’t say

This amendment is unnecessary. Nobody is questioning the right of North Carolinians to hunt and fish, but adding this language to the constitution opens the door for unintended consequences. It puts private property rights and protections for fish and wildlife at risk, and could block common-sense gun laws. We don’t need to give this state legislature a blank check to fill in the details.

Amendment

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.

what it doesn’t say

Protecting the victims of crime is very important. That’s why the North Carolina Constitution already includes victims’ rights. There are important concerns about the stresses and costs that implementation would put on local governments. Ultimately, this amendment is an unnecessary and redundant addition to the state constitution.

Amendment

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

What it doesn’t say

This amendment will not lower your taxes. In fact, it is more likely to require tax increases on middle-class families. The legislature has already started to shift the tax burden from the wealthy to lower and middle-class families by raising sales taxes and fees. This amendment will make that tax shift permanent. It also threatens the ability of the state to pay for the growing costs of public education and roads in times of economic crisis.

Amendment

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

what it doesn’t say

No one knows what forms of ID the legislature will deem acceptable. The legislature is asking voters to give them a blank check to decide who gets to vote and who has to jump through hoops. There are no protections written into this constitutional amendment for seniors without driver’s licenses, military service personnel deployed overseas, or legally registered college students.

Amendment

Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the appointment is solely at the will of the Governor to a process in which the people of the State will 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 nominees to the Governor via legislative action that would not be subject to gubernatorial veto; and the Governor will appoint judges from among these nominees.

What it doesn’t say

Our courts should remain independent and impartial. This amendment would give politicians in the legislature the power to appoint their political cronies to the bench, forever entrenching partisan politics into the courts.

This amendment could also be used to pack the State Supreme Court and let legislative leadership continue to draw gerrymandered districts.

Amendment

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

what it doesn’t say

This amendment is designed to stop the board meant to protect our elections and block corruption from doing its job. With four Democrats and four Republicans on the board, gridlock will keep the board from agreeing on common-sense early voting plans and could stop investigations into corrupt politicians.