Tuesday, June 7: Electoral Freedom Act to be considered in North Carolina

Sent to the IPR submissions e-mail by Paulie. Received from the announce list at lpnc.org:

Below is a special message from Free the Vote North Carolina, a coalition of which the LPNC is a member.

Please call or write your representative this Monday or Tuesday and ask them to support the Electoral Freedom Act (H32), a bill that will significantly ease ballot access restrictions in NC.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at barbarajhowe AT gmail DOT com…

This is an important piece of legislation. Please act quickly. The message below provides talking points for your use.

Barbara Howe
Communications Director, LPNC
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Message from Free the Vote North Carolina:

H.B. 32, the Electoral Freedom Act of 2011, will be on the NC House calendar Tuesday, June 7. Now is the time for you to contact your representative and urge them to vote for this bill. The best way to do this is to call them directly, or send them an individual e-mail message, or both. The most effective message is a direct call to your representative.

If you want call other representatives, or send them e-mail, that’s fine. But if you do, send each representative an individual message, not a mass mailing with several “To” addresses. While individual messages are a bit more time-consuming, it is more effective.

Key points

Here are some points to make in your telephone call or e-mail:

– North Carolina’s current ballot access laws, the second most
restrictive in the nation, impose an excessive and unreasonable requirement
on new political parties and unaffiliated candidates that is far and above
the standard used in most other states.

– These laws also deny citizens their right to vote for candidates of
their choice, their right to run for office, and their right to freedom of
association to form alternative political parties to place candidates on the
ballot.

– H.B. 32 will remedy these infringements on voting rights that are
unacceptable in a free state, and align our state’s ballot access
requirements closer to those used by the vast majority of states in the
union.

– Two-thirds (33) of all states require 10,000 or fewer signatures for a
new political party to obtain ballot access; 22 of these states require less
than 5,000 signatures, or some other simpler means, for a party to be
recognized by the state.

– Nearly three-fourths of all states (36) require 10,000 or fewer
signatures for independent statewide candidates to obtain access to the
ballot; 29 of this group require 5,000 or less, or some other simpler means
(such as paying a filing fee), for an independent candidate to be listed on
the ballot.

– H.B. 32 bill is a bi-partisan bill, supported by Republican and
Democratic representatives and the state’s sole unaffiliated legislator. It
was introduced by Rep. Stephen A. LaRoque (R-10). Representatives Glen
Bradley (R-49), Paul Luebke (D-11) and Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-24) are
also listed as primary sponsors. Co-sponsors include Representatives Bert
Jones (U-65), Larry Hall (D-29), Pricey Harrison (D-57), Harry Warren
(R-77), Jonathan Jordon (R-93), Rodney Moore (D-99), and Jennifer Weiss
(D-35).

– H.B. 32 has the support of a broad coalition of political parties and
public policy reform groups from across the political spectrum, the Free the
Vote Coalition. Members include the Conservative, Constitution, Green,
Libertarian, Modern Whig, and Reform parties, Ballot Access News, the N.C.
Campaign for Liberty, the N.C. Center for Voter Education, N.C. Common
Cause, Democracy NC, FairVote, the Free and Equal Foundation, the John Locke
Foundation, and the Republican Liberty Caucus of N.C.

– In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union of N.C., the State Bar
Association, and the N.C. League of Women Voters have expressed support for
the bill, and the vice chair of the Republican Party, Tim Johnson, has
endorsed the bill.

– Political parties, public policy groups, and individuals with such
divergent views uniting in this common cause clearly attest to the fact that
ballot access reform is not a partisan or special-interest group issue, but
a question of fundamental freedom that transcends political differences.

– Fundamental freedom requires that ballot access laws promote, not
limit, the individual’s right to self-government by securing their right to
free choice at the ballot box.

Use any of these talking points you like (but not all of them, in order to keep your message short), but also personalize the message. Most important, if your representative is one of the sponsors of the bill, please use your telephone call or e-mail to thank them for their support.

These are the representatives we believe will vote for the bill, or are leaning toward voting yes:

Alexander, Blust (very likely yes), Bradley (sponsor), Dollar, Farmer-Butterfield (sponsor), Fisher, Hall (sponsor), Harrison (sponsor), Hackney, Insko, Jones (sponsor), Jordan (sponsor), LaRoque (sponsor), Lewis (very likely yes), Luebke (sponsor), R. Moore (sponsor), T. Moore, Rapp, Ross, Stam (very likely yes), H. Warren (sponsor), E. Warren, Weiss (sponsor), and Wombal. That’s half or the 60 votes we need!

Please call your representative Monday or Tuesday and urge them to help restore free, fair, and open elections to North Carolina. If possible, plan to be in Raleigh on Tuesday, June 7, for the vote.

Brian Irving
Vice President
Free the Vote North Carolina
birving@freethevotenc.com

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