Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP News
by Carmen Ramos-Kennedy –
Early Voting Sites Expanded
As reported earlier, (see State BOE Rules) the Buncombe County Board of Elections did not make a unanimous decision on the 2018 early voting plan, sending the competing plans to the state BOE. Great news! The state BOE adopted the alternate plan submitted by BOE member Jake Quinn and endorsed by the local NAACP and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
Voter ID – and Other Proposed Amendments
With the mid-term elections less than three months away, now is the time for all hands on deck! A constitutional amendment on the November ballot will ask: Should North Carolina voters be required to show a photo ID to vote in person?
We must remember, 381,000 eligible voters in NC do not have a photo ID—primarily seniors, youth, low income people, people of color, and people with disabilities. Many people could not vote in the 2016 Primary due to a voter ID law that was in place at the time; that law, primarily focused on African Americans and the Latinx community, was ruled unconstitutional in July 2016.
This amendment is just one more ploy to prevent a particular group of people from voting. And it will be just one of six amendments on the ballot this fall.
Asheville Buncombe County NAACP says Vote Against All Six!
To understand Asheville Buncombe County NAACP’s position on the six amendments, go to www.ncdps.gov and read Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) enacted in North Carolina in 1998 and in 2004 by the United States Congress.
Those acts help ensure that crime victims are afforded access to information and assistance that will help in the process of navigating the sometimes complex issues of criminal investigations, prosecutions, and corrections. It helps to restore crime victims to some meaningful acceptance of their circumstances and to move forward in their lives after victimization.*
There is no need for a Victims Bill of Rights amendment to the NC Constitution. As for voter ID, only one state in the Union has it in its Constitution—Mississippi. This is a dog whistle aimed at a particular demographic. Don’t be fooled!
Together we can fight for a strong turnout of voters and for an election that does what it should do, serve all the people.
We cannot stress enough the importance of your showing up to help educate voters on the issues, register voters, and more.
*Source: United States Attorney’s Office, 2010
Add These Important Dates to Your Calendar
Faith in Democracy
Several faith communities are working with Democracy NC to provide “What’s On the Ballot” forums for people to learn about the six proposed amendments (reviewed at our last regular monthly meeting). If you are part of a faith community or were unable to attend our last meeting, or just want to learn more, there will be two forums held on different days and locations. Both will cover the same material.
- Sunday, August 5 at 4 p.m., Congregation Beth HaTephila, 43 N. Liberty St., Asheville, 28801
- Thursday, August 16 at 6 p.m., Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 28804.
Childcare will be provided. To RSVP or for more details, please contact Ron Katz at (828) 768-4559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WNC Anti-Amendment Campaign Kickoff
Wondering what you can do now to get folks ready to vote AGAINST proposed anti-voter constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall? Join us on Monday, August 20 at 6 p.m., Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center for our Democracy Asheville Coalition meeting where we’ll host our “WNC Anti-Amendment Campaign Kickoff!”
At this regional event you will learn how to plug in to the latest amendment information, phone banks, voter registration, and education drives, events, actions, and more! We’ll also update you on how we’re fighting to defeat the proposed anti-voter constitutional amendments.
Democracy NC Education Series
Democracy NC will hold a series of events centered on Get Out The Vote, voter engagement, and the upcoming amendment questions. All will be held at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville, 28801.
- Saturday, August 25 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 29 from 5:30 until 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 5 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
To RSVP or for more details: Contact NAACP Political Action Chair, (828) 216-3430 or email@example.com.
Want to help in the meantime? Join us for two phone-banking opportunities over the next few weeks at Cheryl Orengo’s home (358 Kenilworth Road, Asheville 28805). Help us get more of the community aware of and involved with the important kickoff on August 20.
- Tuesday, August 14 at 6 p.m.
Questions or RSVP: Contact NAACP Political Action Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 216-3430.
League of Women Voters Workshop
Redistricting Reform Advocacy, Friday, August 10 at 1 p.m. at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville 28803
The Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP will be on hiatus in August. Regular meetings will resume in September.
The Asheville-Buncombe NAACP, Branch #5363, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Sanctuary of Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street in Asheville. For information: 4ward2getherCall2Action@gmail.com; Buncombe County NAACP, PO Box 2881, Asheville, NC 28802; facebook.com/buncombecountynaacp.