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2018 Proposed 2018 Constitutional Amendments

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The Basics

The N.C. General Assembly approved six constitutional amendments to appear at the end of the 2018 General Election ballot. Each includes a short caption (“constitutional amendment”) and ballot language set by lawmakers. Voters will be asked to vote ‘FOR’ or ‘AGAINST’ each amendment.

If approved, these vague amendments would permanently change the N.C. Constitution, preventing future governors and legislatures from making changes alone. Current legislators would have a “blank check” to fill in the details of these constitutional changes after voters had voted.

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The 6 Amendments

Elections and Ethics Amendment

[  ] FOR         [X] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the Constitution to administer ethics and elections law.

  • Would lead to an eight-member state elections board, meaning partisan gridlock and less ballot access for voters.
  • Lets legislators change the constitution to get their way. A prior version of the same law was rejected by the N.C. Supreme Court.
  • Brings an unnecessary change — North Carolinians already have a nine-member, bipartisan state elections board, with one Unaffiliated member, four Democrats, and four Republicans.

Judicial Appointments Amendment

[  ] FOR         [X] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the Governor has sole appointment power to a process in which the people of the State nominate individuals to fill vacancies by way of a commission comprised of appointees made by the judicial, executive, and legislative branches charged with making recommendations to the legislature as to which nominees are deemed qualified; then the legislature will recommend at least two nominees to the Governor via legislative action not subject to gubernatorial veto; and the Governor will appoint judges from these nominees.
  • Lets legislators pick judges who would rubber stamp their agenda , including discriminatory voting restrictions and voting maps.
  • Opens the door for legislators to add judicial seats or try to impeach judges so they can fill "vacancies" with their friends.
  • Brings us one step closer to legislative threats to end voters' ability to elect judges altogether.

Voter Photo ID Restriction Amendment

[  ] FOR         [X] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.


  • Hands legislators a 'blank check' to choose what photo IDs are acceptable to vote. The last ID law didn't include common forms of ID like student or employee IDs, and was thrown out by the courts for discriminating against Black voters with "surgical precision."
  • Could prevent more than 200,000 eligible voters without photo ID from voting , including disabled, veteran, and elderly voters.
  • Creates a permanent voting restriction that could cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars , at the expense of other needs.
  • Makes our state an extreme outlier. Only Mississippi has a strict photo ID mandate in its constitution. This amendment is worse.

Income Tax Cap Amendment

[  ] FOR         [X] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%)
  • Provides a permanent tax shift to help the rich at the expense of everyone else.
  • Forces lawmakers to increase other taxes , such as property and sales taxes which disproportionately burden working families.
  • Hurts our ability to fund vital public needs like roads and schools.

Victims Rights Amendment

[  ] FOR         [X] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime, to establish certain, absolute basic rights for victims, and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.”


  • North Carolina victims need protections, but as proposed this amendment would delay justice for everyone.
  • Costs tens of millions of dollars per year to implement with no details on where that money will come from.
  • We need North Carolina solutions. Not a California billionaire's plan for America as is modeled in this amendment.

Hunting and Fishing Amendment

[  ] FOR         [X] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment protecting the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
  • Benefits the corporate gun lobby. Recreates protections that already exist, with no known threats.
  • Deceives voters into thinking their rights are under attack for the sole purpose of drawing certain voters to the polls.

Buncombe County Early Voting Schedule

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October 17th!