2018 Constitutional Amendments



Summary of key points against the amendments. (pdf)

The legislature is running roughshod over our Constitution, pushing through new measures to restrict voting, undermine our separation of powers, and nickel and dime consumers. These amendments are unprecedented, unnecessary, politically-driven, and hurt our state. Many are nothing more than a “blank check” to allow partisan politicians to do as they please.

Any attempt to change our Constitution should be deliberate and bipartisan. The public has only voted on seven amendments in the last twenty years. Now, we’re forced to vote on nearly as many in one election.

It’s not enough to stand against a few of the amendments when the effort behind each of them is partisan politics. North Carolina must send a loud message by voting “against” each of the proposed constitutional amendments.

  1. Undermine Separation of Powers (Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections) HB913 fundamentally alters the balance of power in state government, giving the legislature exclusive control over how you can vote, the cost of your energy bill, and the quality of your drinking water. This dangerous measure would essentially rewrite the constitution to exclude all North Carolinians but a few politicians from making decisions about what is in the best interest of the state. Find out more about this amendment.

  2. Give Legislature Power over the Courts (Non-Partisan Judicial Merit Commission) SB814 undermines the separation of powers by giving a handful of partisan politicians the power to cherry pick judges. This political power grab undermines the independence of our courts making our judiciary another partisan, political body. Find out more about this amendment.

  3. Make it Harder to Vote (Voter ID)  HB1092 is designed to make it harder to vote, creating new hurdles to the ballot box by giving legislators a “blank check” to create new restrictions on your right to vote. Past attempts have been found illegal after lawmakers targeted African-Americans “with almost surgical precision.” Find out more about this amendment.

  4. Nickel and Dime the Middle Class (Income Tax Cap of7%)  SB75 North Carolina has some of the lowest income taxes in the southeast, while property taxes, sales taxes, local taxes, and fees have all grown. This amendment continues to nickel and dime consumers to protect the wealthy, while starving resources for public schools, and prevents the state from responding to future economic downturns.  Find out more about this amendment.

  5. Unintended Consequences for Crime Victims (Marsy’s Law)  HB551 North Carolina already has robust victims’ rights laws – changing the state constitution is unnecessary. This measure also has unintended consequences for victims’ ability to have their day in court, as only wealthy people with private attorneys could intervene in criminal prosecutions, which could delay justice for everyone. Read more about this amendment.

  6. Playing Politics with Hunting Laws (Protect the Right to Hunt and Fish)  SB677 No rights are being threatened, but Republicans hope this amendment will lure voters to the polls. We shouldn’t change our state constitution based on politics. Find out more about this amendment.

What people are saying…

 “[The legislature is] forcing people to vote for constitutional amendments that are bad for our state and that are unnecessary.”
      – Gov. Cooper

 “You have to defeat (the amendment).”
      – Republican Gov. Jim Martin

 “Wise North Carolina voters should vote ‘No’”
      – Wilmington Star News

 “This is a constitutional train wreck waiting to happen.”
      – News & Observer

This situation is evolving.  CCDP will be updating this section of the website with more details about each amendment and updates about the ballot and court cases.

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