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Legislative Update: Rare Saturday Veto Override Votes

Monday, August 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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North Carolina legislators called a last minute special session on July 24 to discuss ballot wording and order for the six constitutional amendments to be voted on in November. Legislators quickly passed two bills (discussed below) and sent them to Governor Cooper, who vetoed both bills on Friday, July 27th. 


On Saturday, August 4, legislators overrode both vetoes. The Senate overrode the vetoes with a vote of 28-12 while the House overrode the vetoes with a vote of 70-39.


What bills were passed?

HB 3: Ballot Designations/Referenda
This legislation directs that, before each amendment on the ballot, the amendments will be labeled "Constitutional Amendment". The amendments will be listed on the ballot in the order they were passed by the General Assembly.

SB3: Party Disclosure/2018 Judicial Races
This bill came as a surprise to many. The bill dictates that if you change your party affiliation within 90 days of filing for a judicial seat, your party will not be listed on the ballot. This means one candidate running for North Carolina Supreme Court will not have a party affiliation on the ballot (out of three running). The impacted candidate filed a lawsuit on Monday.


NASW-NC is officially recommending voters vote AGAINST all six constitutional amendments. See NASW-NC's official statement here:

Additionally, the NAACP and Clean Air Carolina filed a lawsuit against legislative leadership about the constitutional amendments similar to Governor Cooper's lawsuit filed Sunday night as power could be stripped away from him. With at least two lawsuits ahead of us, and the elections just three months away, we are unsure what will happen with the ballot layout. However, we encourage you to check with your local county board of elections for current voting information including absentee voting.

We will keep NASW-NC members informed through our EnewSWires, emailed directly twice a month!

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