Category Archives: voting

ERA: Alyssa Milano Wants It. How About You?

Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!

Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”

Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind. 

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2019 Women’s Marches in NC

Women are getting the women’s marches going around NC. We know of 4 women’s march and rallies so far. Note: two added after the fact – Black Mountain on 1/19/19 and Albamarle/Stanly County on 1/12/19.

Note: this post will be split up into original notice of upcoming marches and summaries of the marches at a later time.

1. Women’s March On Asheville 2019 – January 20, 2019, 11am-2pm, S Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801.  The theme is “We Believe Survivors!”
Event at – https://www.facebook.com/events/316740779104600/

Women’s March On Asheville, 2018 Photo Credit: Women’s March On Asheville

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Articles of Interest – 12/17/18

So many great articles are published all of the time. These articles were included in online email on 12/17/18. They include one written on the need for Medicaid expansion to help military families and opioid victims, written by a member of Fayetteville NOW <3.

Tuesdays With Tillis Rally on Medicaid/Medicare and Social Security anniversaries Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

1. The first was written by Fayetteville NOW member Jenn Alexander!
Expand Medicaid for military families and the opioid epidemic,” 12/13/18, NC Policy Watch

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Great Turnout At Lame Duck Special Session & Related Events on 11/27/18

Turnout was great at the events surrounding the lame duck special session called by the NC Legislature months ago in anticipation of being able to implement some or all of the constitutional amendments they created. Many organizations worked together to expose what they are doing with a press conference on 11/27/18, at 10:45am, and then moving people into the galleries of the NC House and NC Senate. The NC House and Senate sessions were supposed to begin at noon. After the later session, many people gathered in between the two galleries, where Rev. Dr. Spearman of the NAACP spoke, and then we sang together. Some people helped put up tents outside on Halifax Mall and got a chance to eat before a press conference at 1:45 pm to expose the continued terrible conditions some of the Hurricane Florence survivors still face. As Rev. Barber said during the first press conference, the only thing the special session should address is Hurricane Florence recovery. Here are some pictures and descriptions of the day. Also see the video and article at the News and Observer here.

All of the NC House gallery seats are full, and latecomers are forced to stand. First day of lame duck special session, 11/27/18. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Meanwhile, the new voter ID bill is moving fast through Legislature.

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Resistance Plans for Lame Duck Legislative Session beginning 11/27/18

The NC Legislature called this special session months ago in anticipation of being able to implement some or all of the constitutional amendments. Many organizations are working together to expose what they are doing. Events are planned in and around the Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones St on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018. Please come to some or all if you can, or just come to witness the legislature’s actions, and make sure they know we care and are watching.

August 2018 protest of constitutional amendments and yet another special session at Legislative Building in Raleigh.

 

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How did NC NOW PAC and NOW PAC Endorsed Candidates Do in 2018?

We are happy to report that the candidates who were endorsed by the NC NOW PAC in the general election did pretty well. More importantly for the future of North Carolina, the veto-proof supermajorities in the NC House and the NC Senate have been broken! The change in the NC House was known by the end of election day, 11/6/18, but it took until 11/19/18 to be sure about the NC Senate.

We evaluated how our endorsed candidates had done on Nov 10, 2018. Since then, the undecided races have been decided, but it is interesting to see which ones were that close, so that information is included with links to articles on what happened. We wish that gerrymandering hadn’t been such a powerful and deciding factor in the Congressional races.

In the NC Senate races, out of 22 endorsements, candidates took 15, lost 7 and one had not been called (Kirk DeViere) District 19, Fayetteville, but he was leading. (Update: Kirk DeViere won! See “Kirk deViere officially wins state Senate seat,” 11/19/18, Fayetteville Observer)

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Evans: The Women’s Wave Rocked the Vote!

Tuesday was a historic day! More women ran for office in 2018 than ever before and more women won! Voters were determined more than ever to elect feminists to positions of leadership. We have ushered in the most diverse Congress in history with huge wins for women, minorities and LGBTQ. Thank you to all who canvassed, made phone calls, wrote letters, protested, marched, walked out, showed up, voted and got up every day exhausted, but found the strength to go on.  

Stacey Abrams has done an amazing job in Georgia against massive cheating by her opponent. Votes are still being counted. No matter what, she has won her points and impressed the country with her grace and eloquence. Photo Credit: USA Today

Here is what happened:

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What’s Next With Constitutional Amendments in NC (2018)?

Four of the six constitutional amendments passed in the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina (11/6/18). Thank goodness, the two explicit power-grabbing amendments failed. As you may remember, NC NOW could not endorse any of the amendments since they were basically blank checks for the legislature to implement whatever they want, and also because they were passed with no public input or expert testimony. We had a statement to this effect on our endorsement flier, also found here at the bottom of the yellow page

The NC legislature convenes a special session on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018, to implement the constitutional amendments like voter id in the last few weeks of the Republican supermajority.

As NC Policy Watch wrote in “NC voters pass 4 constitutional amendments; lame-duck session looming,” 11/7/18, NC Policy Watch,

“North Carolina voters wrote four blank checks [on 11/6/18] to GOP lawmakers who already said they plan to hold a lame-duck legislative session to implement constitutional amendments.”

Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

These are some things we can do to try to block some of the damage.

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Beware of Ballot Falloff/Ballot Fatigue—Important Choices at End!

The farther down the ballot an office is, the fewer the number of votes that will be cast for it. This is called “ballot fatigue. NC’s 2018 general election, the ballot is 2 pages long (the ones I have seen, anyway). It is common for people who go to the polls not to vote for every contested position or proposed initiative. The difference between how many people go to the polls and how many actually vote on a specific issue or candidate is called voter falloff. For example, if a million voters cast ballots for president, but only 200,000 are cast for supreme court justice, then the falloff is 800,000 or 80%. The level of falloff varies from race to race and issue to issue.

Random Sample Ballot from the 2018 general election. See how Judicial Offices are at the end of the partisan offices. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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How to Find Your Sample Ballot in NC

Here are detailed instruction on how to find your sample ballot in NC.

Start with the link to voter lookup in NC – https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/. So here are more detailed instructions to see your sample ballot. Be sure to check your voter status (active or inactive).

1) Voter lookup screen looks like this:

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