Category Archives: voting

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.

Women’s March On Raleigh: Women Mobilize NC on 1/21/17 – Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contacts:
Salma Mirza, 716-432-1576, salma.m.mirza@gmail.com
Anna Grant, 484-326-4399, Anna@carolinajewsforjustice.org

January 6, 2017

Triangle Women Planning Rally and March On Raleigh for 1/21/17

Hundreds Expected to Protest Politics of Division

Raleigh, N.C. – A multiracial, multi-religious, and multi-generational grassroots group of women are planning a Women’s March on Raleigh (WMOR). It is a solidarity event with the Women’s March on Washington, also taking place January 21st, 2017.

Dozens of women and allies have been planning the march from the basement of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church for the past several weeks. Reverend Michelle Laws of the NAACP is a confirmed speaker, as well as MaryBe McMillan of the NC AFL-CIO and Sarah Preston of Lillian’s List.

Read the entire press release, including quotes from organizers Salma Mirza, Carly Jones, Anna Grant, and NC NOW’s President, Gailya Paliga at WMOR Press Release.

 

LTE: What else women need from Governor Cooper, by Paula Wolf

Political Consultant and Lobbyist (and Past NC NOW Lobbyist) Paula Wolf writes a letter to the editor (LTE) back to Indy Week, a triangle periodical. The whole LTE is shown here. The Indy carried the first 3 paragraphs of Paula’s LTE with some other input. The link to the Indy article is at the end.
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With all due respect to the reporter, the “5 Things We Want to See From New Governor Roy Cooper,” 1/4/17, Indy, has some glaring oversights.

Women’s reproductive freedom has been trampled upon by the GOP since they got the majority in 2010. Mandatory scripts for doctors; transvaginal ultrasound; medically unnecessary building requirements; taxpayer funding of medically inaccurate information by anti choice “clinics” and defunding Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy prevention programs, to name a few. Access to healthcare is blockaded by not expanding Medicaid.

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Fayetteville NOW joins protests against HB465 in May 2015. Hb465 is the bill that added tracking of women’s personal medical records and tracking of doctors to NC law. Roberta Waddle is speaking. Photo Credit: Hannah Osbourne

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Women’s March on Raleigh: Women Mobilizing NC

I know you have heard about the Women’s March on Washington. The idea sprang up right after the awful 2016 presidential election, and spread. After much work, and Alice Cohan (Feminist Majority/NOW) working on getting permits, the Washington march has a permit and a starting site. See details at “Women’s March on Washington officially has a permit for Jan. 21,” 12/15/16, Washington Post.

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Moore Square Raleigh – our Women’s March on Raleigh will rally here on Jan 21, 2017. Photo Credit: Real estate brothers

Not everyone can go to DC, and not everyone wants to go to DC – with hotel prices through the roof and other problems. Many people would love to participate locally, and marches are being organized around the country. This is also true around NC, including in Raleigh. We are having a Women’s March on Raleigh on Jan. 21, 2017. March and rally from 11am to 1pm. Join us any time after 10am to march. 

Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/349823032061399/. Members of Raleigh and NC NOW are some of the organizers, which include many individuals who really wanted a local event. See the website and facebook page and twitter account id in the next article, ‘Women’s March on Raleigh, Spread The Word.’

There are two purposes for the Women’s March on Raleigh on Jan 21, 2017. We want to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and we want to mobilize women to get involved with organizations advocating for progressive causes that impact women, their families, and minorities in NC and the nation. 

Join us! or look for another march that is closer to you here.