2018 NC Constitutional Amendments: What You Should Know

Oct 19, 2018

Confused about the 2018 NC constitutional amendments? See our Explainer.

On Nov. 6, North Carolina voters will decide on six amendments to the North Carolina Constitution. But what do these amendments aim to change? What would their potential effects on the state and her citizens be? And how did we get to this point?

We have put together a policy paper to educate and shed light on the four amendments that Clean Air Carolina, along with the North Carolina NAACP, the Southern Environmental Law Center and Forward Justice brought suit against on Aug. 6. As plaintiffs, we argued that the following four proposed amendments would:

  • Judicial Vacancies — “Shift all meaningful power to fill judicial vacancies between elections from the Governor to the Legislature;”
  • State Boards & Commissions — “Alter the separation of powers clause of the Constitution to shift the Governor’s right to appoint and determine the responsibilities and terms of office for all executive boards and commissions to the Legislature and, thus, the Legislature would control them;”
  • Voter ID Requirements — “Require individuals voting in person to present as yet unspecified photographic identification before voting that once again – without justification – threaten to target the ability of low-income voters, people of color, women, and college students to cast a ballot;”
  • State Income Tax Rates — “Limit future, legitimately-elected Legislatures’ power to set state income tax rates higher than seven-percent, which could limit funding for programs in support of those living in poverty, civil rights, and environmental protection programs.”

Since our lawsuit was filed in August, changes have been made and the landscape has shifted following decisions by the North Carolina Supreme Court. However, all six of the amendments remain on the ballot. Read our 2018 Constitutional Amendments Explainer for a breakdown of the effects and context of the four amendments included in our lawsuit.