It’s clear that North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature will be pushing to change the way that judges are chosen in North Carolina–repealing the laws that have allowed voters to choose judges and, instead, giving the state legislature the power to appoint judges. (Read more.)
There is, perhaps, that could be said in favor of a merit-based appointment system for judges, but the Republican proposal for appointing judges opens the process to undue politicization and partisanship that undermines the goal ideal of an independent, neutral, and fair judiciary.
The General Assembly will reconvene for a special legislative session in Raleigh on January 10, 2018 and it’s important to let them hear that we want a judicial system that respects and protects the rights of all of North Carolinians and isn’t beholding to any party or class.
Join the North Carolina NAACP, North Carolina Voters For Clean Elections (NCVCE), Democracy North Carolina, and Progress NC on January 10th, 2018 for a day of action at the state legislature.
We’ll kick off the day with a press conference in the Bicentennial Plaza (1 East Edenton St., Raleigh, North Carolina), followed by a Citizens Lobby Day Of Action (lunch provided).
Sign up now! And then show up in Raleigh on January 10, 2018 (or call your state legislators if you can’t be in Raleigh)!