League of Women Voters Releases Statement on NC Constitutional Amendments for 2018 General Election Ballot
LWVNC Positions on NC Constitutional Amendments for 2018 General Election BallotHB913: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NORTH CAROLINA TO ESTABLISH A BIPARTISAN BOARD OF ETHICS AND ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT AND TO CLARIFY BOARD APPOINTMENTS.
(a) Remove the governor’s ability to appoint some members of state boards and commissions, giving the statelegislature the power to make these appointments; and
(b) Restructure the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement
LWVNC position: OPPOSE
(a) The proposed transfer of appointment powers from the governor to the legislature violates the separation ofpowers principle in our constitution.
(b) This amendment allows for representation on the Board of Ethics and Elections from the two parties with themost members in both the NC House and Senate; but it is likely to be a prescription for deadlock since there willbe a total of eight members on the Board. The League believes that the selection of a ninth member of the Boardby the Governor may produce a more workable Board, with less likelihood of gridlock.
League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear serves Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties.