Raleigh, Tues, Nov 27, 10:30 am, Democracy & Accountability Day of Action, Bicentennial Plaza
Sun, Dec 2, 3:00pm, League of Women Voters of North Carolina, Webinar to discuss results and impact of the 2018 election and review League successes and challenges in 2018 and beyond, open to ALL League members & supporters
In thinking about voter ID, there are two main messages: 1) what's the rush? and 2) how do we make voting most accessible? Last week we shared this letter written to the Asheville Citizen-Times by activist Peter Wilbur, and we couldn't have said it any better ourselves:
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.
Last Tuesday, a draft of the voter id amendment was released. Monday, Nov 26 at 10am, the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet in room 544 of the Legislative Office Building. This meeting will be open to the public and audio will be available here.
Per NC Policy Watch:
Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) tweeted a copy of the agenda for the meeting, which includes a staff presentation on the draft legislation and presentations from state independent colleges and universities and community colleges. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement Director Kim Strach is also scheduled to present. . . . It does not appear that there will be an opportunity for the public to provide input at the Monday meeting.
Thanks to NC Policy Watch for compiling recommendations from voting rights advocates. Common themes are stated throughout these recommendations including making IDs accessible to every eligible voter by allowing a range of IDs, making them free, providing transportation to obtain IDs, making voter information accessible to diverse groups. and allowing exceptions to voter ID. Also, earlier this week, Melissa Boughton of NC Policy Watch tweeted asking what advice people wanted to give the NCGA. Read responses here. The people voted, now legislators need to allow public input into the process.
The final countdown is here as the special session will convene on Tuesday, November 27. However, there is still time to speak up. Visit our last post for links to contact your NCGA senator and representative and sample messages.