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:
Four of the six constitutional amendments passed in the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina (11/6/18). Thank goodness, two of them failed. 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
The NC General Assembly is convening on Nov 27th and these are some things we can do to try to block some of the damage.
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
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:
NC NOW is excited to report that the (national) NOW PAC has accepted the recommendations from NC NOW for the following new Congressional candidates in 2018: Linda Coleman (CD 2), DD Adams (CD 5), Dr. Kyle Horton (CD 7), Philip Price (CD 11) and Kathy Manning (CD 13). (CD = Congressional District)
Linda Coleman and Dr. Kyle Horton were endorsed for the 2018 Primary.
NOW PAC already endorsed the following incumbents: Congressman David Price (CD 4) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (CD 12).
That means that NOW PAC endorses 7 Congressional candidates in NC, which is a record.
Here are a few points from the recommendation letters.
DD Adams for Congressional District 5
Women candidates openly embracing issues of concern to women and their families are running in record numbers across the nation, and male candidates are making intensified efforts to address women’s issues. North Carolina is reflecting the national trend.
Lori Bunton and others encourage all to vote. At protest of yet another special session on 8/4/18 at NC Legislative Building in Raleigh Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
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. Read more about Women’s Equality Day in Women’s Equality Day History – Right to Vote Not Enough.
This year again, women have planned Women’s Equality Day events around the state. Here are some.
1. Fayetteville NOW – Women Need the ERA! Aug. 26, 2018, 3pm-5pm
Celebrating the Voices and Victories of the past as we continue to unite women and “March on the Polls” this election season! Recognizing the urgency and importance of this year’s elections, we gather to celebrate women’s hard-won right to vote and take action to make sure we use that right in November to support women’s rights!
Theme: Continuing the March on the Polls
Date: Sunday, August 26th
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Place: Parkway United Church of Christ, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27123
Should North Carolinians be tricked into giving the NC General Assembly a “blank check” to do whatever it wants to our state? NO!
Come greet the NCGA on Saturday morning, 8/4/18, as they return to Session to try to override the Governor’s vetoes of their hastily enacted legislation intended to deceive North Carolinians into voting away their rights.
Some of the many protesters at the hastily called legislative special session on 7/24/18 at which the #ncga leadership planned to interfere with constitutional amendments and judicial races yet again. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
Meet out front at 10:30 AM Saturday to see the legislators as they head into session at 11:00 am at the State Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones Street.
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Citizens are OUTRAGED at the latest power grab by the #ncga leadership. The#NCGA leadership called a special session on 7/23/18 to take place on 7/24/18 to usurp the job of a real commission to write captions for the 6 constitutional amendments that they put on the ballot! Just the captions! An activist friend provided honest captions they should use! Outraged citizens were there to greet the NCGA, including NC NOW members, women, young people, and moms with children and babies.
Outraged citizens protest latest NCGA power grab. The House gallery was somewhat full and more people were outside with signs like #SHAME and #NixAllSix. Photo Credit: Aylett Colston
We held signs like #SHAME, #NixAllSix, Vote Them Out! No More Monkey Business (and a barrel of monkeys)!