Our blog team is taking next week off. We'll post again on Nov 26 and daily through the Nov 27 NC General Assembly (NCGA) session. Check back!
Common Cause NC and the NC Democratic Party have filed a lawsuit in NC (not federal) court alleging that the current partisan gerrymander is illegal under the state (not federal) Constitution. With the election of Anita Earls to the NC Supreme Court, this case may have a better chance of succeeding than the case heading back to the federal Supreme Court. Slate has a good article on this.
We have all next week to be pro-active about voter photo ID, which is one thing we know will be addressed during the Nov 27 lame duck session at the NC General Assembly (NCGA). They can't re-implement the exact photo ID requirements that were found by the courts to be illegal - but they can come close. The next big battle in NC politics is days away.
What YOU can do NOW:
- Contact your NCGA senator and representative to let them know that you support postponing discussion of voter photo ID requirements until January, when the newly-elected legislature convenes. Copy Republican leaders Sen Berger and Rep. Moore on your email or call their offices, as well. Contact info lists by name: NC House, NC Senate. Personalize this script drafted by activist Chuck Tryon with Indivisible Triangle Daily Call to Action:
- Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to end the November session as soon as possible and delay any attempt to craft voter ID-enabling legislation until the regular session in January. The voters have spoken, and while they narrowly supported the voter ID amendment, they also voted for a new state legislature. The current state legislature was elected using unconstitutional maps and should not be making decisions that could affect our state for decades.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. These are tracked by NCGA staff and can make a difference - and it's not that hard to get published. Your paper's guidelines and submission forms should be available online. Activist Peter Wilbur sent this letter to the Asheville Citizen-Times, with permission for it to be shared and personalized.
While North Carolinians passed a voter ID amendment, they also sent a clear message to the Republican-controlled super-majority: we don't want you controlling every aspect of our state. The actual law that gets written from the amendment should be done by the incoming legislature, not the rejected lame-duck body that was formed and maintained by partisan gerrymandering. That body has been ruled illegitimate through multiple court decisions striking down unfair voting districts. To let this body convene yet another mysterious special session right on the eve of its dissolution is unfair, unwise, and undemocratic. There is no rush to write a new law, as elections just happened. Let's hold numerous public hearings, town councils, and debates to determine the best way to ensure election integrity and widespread ballot access. Surely North Carolinians can come together under those two goals.
- Plan to attend the Nov 27 event in Raleigh and any of the subsequent NCGA sessions you can. Bodies showing up send a message to the legislators and the media. National attention can make a difference!
- Learn more about next steps from Stronger NC, Democracy NC, NAACP, and activist Ellie Wood.
- Even a policy analyst from the conservation John Locke Foundation supports postponing action on voter photo ID until January.
THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR STATE!