Category Archives: voting

NC NOW Legislative Update #6, 25 Jun 18

This is the beginning of NC NOW’s 6th legislative update for the 2018 Short Session. The whole update includes summaries on constitutional amendments, further restrictions on early voting, and judicial redistricting, as well as ERA actions and bill tracking. The legislative updates are written by NC NOW VP of Legislation, Robin Davis.

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As many as four proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution could be on the ballot this fall.  All of the proposed amendments are designed to appeal to the Republican base in hopes that they will increase conservative voter turnout.  For an overview, see:  http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/06/22/round-up-ncga-discusses-four-constitutional-amendments-hunting-and-fishing-voter-id-victims-rights-legislative-appointment-of-judges/

Attorney Aylett Colston organized an event at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh at which people spoke out against voter id and voter suppression. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

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NC NOW Legislative Update #5, 17 Jun 18

Here is the beginning of the summary of the NC NOW Legislative Update #5. Click North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_5.17_June_2018 to read the whole update. Other topics include Restrictions on Early Voting, Medicaid Expansion, ERA (including action to take on ERA), and Judicial Redistricting.

BUDGET

As expected, Governor Cooper vetoed the budget, citing inadequate funding for education and teacher pay raises, implementing unnecessary tax cuts, and the deplorable process used to pass the budget.  Both the Senate and the House have overridden the Governor’s veto.  For an overview of the shameful way laws are being made this session, see
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article213240389.html, News and Observer, 6/15/18.

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Voting Rights Rally at Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh on 6/12/18. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

 

VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

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NC NOW PAC and NOW PAC 2018 Primary Endorsements

NOW PAC is endorsing in four Congressional races for NC’s 2018 primary. The NC NOW PAC continues endorsements from previous years, unless there has been a problem, as with votes against our issues and interests. More interviews and endorsements will be done after the primary on 5/8/18. All legislative seats (NC House and NC Senate) are up for grabs in 2018! Read more about 2018 elections in 2018 election news

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2018 Election News – All Seats Up For Grabs!

2018 will be an interesting year in North Carolina because all legislative seats are up for election. There is a lot of excitement around being able to vote, in part due to backlash against the Trump administration and its policies, in part due to the will to make change thanks to the #metoo movement, recognition of the reinforced need for #gunsafety thanks to students in Parkland FL, exposure of racial violence and unfairness via #BlackLivesMatter and the inspiration of the #WomensMarches. Although the voter registration for the May 8 primary ends Friday, April 13, 2018, same day on site voter registration is allowed during early voting (but not on May 8). So if you are not registered to vote yet – you must vote early and bring the right materials with you to register on-site. 

As you may remember, same-day registration and provisional ballots had been thrown out in 2013 when the Republican-controlled legislature rewrote voting rules, but were restored by the courts in 2014. But they have been back in play since late 2014.

People are gearing up for elections in NC as elsewhere in the country, where less conservative to truly progressive candidates have been winning. My favorite story is from the surprise midterm election in Virginia on Nov 7, 2017, where Danica Roem of Virginia got to be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a U.S. statehouse, Washington Post.

“Virginia’s most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office Tuesday [11/7/17] by Danica Roem, a Democrat who will be one of the nation’s first openly transgender elected officials and who embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marshall fought against in Richmond.”

In 2018, I was thrilled to see a female judge win a hotly contested state Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin, Washington Post, 4/4/18. 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet Photo Credit Dalletforjustice.com

Facts about NC’s 2018 Election

Here are some facts about the 2018 election in North Carolina where all legislative seats are up for grabs, according to Ballotpedia on NC Senate, and Ballotpedia on NC House.

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Upcoming Events – January 2018

Welcome the new year with hope and ACTIVISM!

1. Monday, January 1, 2018 – Celebrating 2017 as A Year Of Resistance in Wilmington

Women Organizing For Wilmington are celebrating “2017: A Year of Resistance” on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. 12 noon at 102 N. Third Street. Rain or Snow! More at https://www.facebook.com/events/944526919027672/.

2. Help with the planning of Women’s March Anniversary events around NC

Winston-Salem meets every Monday, Raleigh meets every Tuesday up to the Jan 20, 2018 marches. Contact organizers through the events. See event listing at Women’s March Anniversary Events (2018) in NC

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Women’s March Anniversary Events (2018) in NC

Women’s march anniversary events are being planned.  Some are marches, some are rallies, some may be both. These are happening on January 20th, 2018. #womenriseupnc #womensequalitydaync #womenlead #ReMarchable

Women’s March On Raleigh, 1/21/17 Photo Credit: James DeAlto

Wilmington may be doing something in March.

Will add more as we learn about them.

13 marches were documented around NC on 1/21/2017 by Yevonne Brannon!

Mobilizing Women NOW – Totally Worth It! Summary.

This year’s NC NOW conference in Fayetteville occurred at a time when women’s rights and reproductive choices are under greater attack than they have been in decades. As we all attempt to adapt to an administration that has been hijacked by special interests including climate deniers, the evangelical extremists and forces hostile to women, the theme of Mobilizing Women NOW could not be more important.

Attendees got to choose what interested them the most. Some workshops focused on dangers – like threats to reproductive rights  and a hostage budget that hurts women. Other workshops ways to fight back – lawsuits against gerrymandering, planning programs that pop, and working with other organizations and legislators to pass commonsense legislation. All of our workshops were on topics of current interest and presented by people who were well prepared. See the agenda, keynote and speaker biographies, workshop summaries and more at 2017 NC NOW Conference Program – Updated.

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Vote! You have the power of 10!

Be sure to vote in this municipal election, where you have the most say! Charlotte did their primary in September, and only 8.73% of voters voted (which is appalling). So you may say that each of those votes counted more than 11 times. Voter turnout may be low in Wake Co, too. Raleigh and Cary vote on Oct 10, 2017. So if it’s 10% turnout, your vote may count 10 times over!

People across NC can look up their voting sites, voting history and ballot at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/. People can look up friends and family who live in NC too.

Early voting is now. In Wake County, early voting started on Sept 21 only at the Wake County Board of Elections Office at 337 S. Salisbury St in Raleigh. This site is open at 8:30am to 5pm from Monday to Friday this week (Oct 2 to Oct 6) and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct 7.

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Women’s Equality Day History – Right to Vote Not Enough

Saturday August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates women getting the right to vote. This right was granted by the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

It is shocking to realize that American Women didn’t win the right to vote until 1920. We won this right after many hard fought battles lasting over 72 years, counting from 1848 and Seneca Falls, when the fight got more focused. In truth, the women’s suffrage movement dates as far back as the Revolutionary War. Still, not all women got the right to vote in 1920.

Women’s Suffrage March Photo Credit: Paul Thompson (Getty Images)

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Legislative Update #10 – Medicaid, Abortion Pill Forced Lies, ERA

Republican resistance to expanding Medicaid is buckling.  Four Republican House members, including three House Health Committee Chairmen, have sponsored a bill (HB62) that would significantly expand Medicaid coverage to include low-income adults.  The bill would create a program called Carolina Cares and would be paid for by a new tax on hospitals.  It is modeled on Indiana’s program approved by then-Governor Mike Pence and includes a premium and a work requirement.  Because it does not conform to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, it would require a federal waiver to be implemented.  This bill marks the first time prominent North Carolina Republicans have supported any expansion to the Medicaid program to include people not already covered.  For more details, see:  http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article143388024.html

Abortion is back in the General Assembly.  Two new bills—one good and one very bad—have been filed.

Read about the Medicaid bill, the abortion bills, ERA updates, Lawsuit updates, Voter ID/Voter Suppression Law updates and bill tracking in North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_#10.9Apr17.