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NC high court OKs amendment language on ballot
State Supreme Court backs GOP legislation
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 7:50 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution addressing judicial vacancies and state elections board will go before voters in November.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed a lower court ruling to deny Gov. Roy Cooper’s request to block questions for those amendments from appearing on ballots. Cooper, a Democrat, argued the questions were flawed – even after the Republican-dominated General Assembly changed the language after an earlier ruling.

“Governor Cooper’s attempts to prevent 6 million North Carolinians from voting on their own Constitution have finally come to an end,” Senate Leader Phil Berger said in a statement. “Thankfully, the NC Supreme Court recognized his lawsuit was nothing more than a brazen legal charade to keep his unchecked power. The people will now be able to vote on these amendments to decide how they want their government to be structured as well as popular policies like voter ID.

“With absentee ballots legally required to go out by September 7, it’s time for the State Board of Elections to do their job and print the ballots as soon as possible, ensuring that nothing jeopardizes the peoples’ right to vote.”

State law requires the printing of ballots at least three weeks before an election.

The court’s decision means all six referenda questions approved by GOP lawmakers will appear on the November ballot. Cooper and activist groups including the NAACP, Southern Environmental Law Center and Clean Air Carolina sued to stop the proposals because they would strip the governor of authority to fill judicial vacancies and give control of who serves on the elections board to the General Assembly.

“North Carolina will have to suffer again under yet another unconstitutional Republican law that silences voters, divides our state, and undermines our democracy,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Godwin said. “No matter how many different ways they try to silence voters, Republicans' days in power are numbered. North Carolina is ready to deliver new leadership to Washington.”

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The amendments are still flawed and should be dropped from all ballots.
Posted on September 5, 2018

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