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Party Financing Fund Misappropriated

Party Financing Fund Misappropriated

by Brian Irving
LPNC Communications Director

Among the several changes in election law enacted by the General Assembly last year was the elimination of the mechanism by which state taxpayers could designate a tiny fraction of what they owed for any of North Carolina’s political parties—the Political Party Financing Fund. Libertarians are pleased this fund has been abolished. The state has no business funding political parties. But we’re concerned about the way it was eliminated, and the cavalier manner by which the legislature ignored the express wishes …

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What to Know About NC Voter ID, Elections Overhaul

What to Know About NC Voter ID, Elections Overhaul

The North Carolina Center for Voter Education has posted this summary of the voting law changes enacted by the General Assembly. The non-partisan, non-profit organization is dedicated to informing and involving citizens so they may fully participate in democracy. The center supports ballot access reform and a non-partisan redistricting process, among other election law reforms.

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Libertarians oppose more restrictions on right to vote

Libertarians oppose more restrictions on right to vote

by J.J. Summerell
Chair, Libertarian Party of North Carolina

Just when it didn’t seem possible that North Carolina’s election laws could get more restrictive, the Republican majority has come up with a massive bill that would make it even harder for people to vote. Using the excuse that they are trying to combat voter fraud, the Republicans want to perpetrate an even greater fraud on North Carolina voters under the guise of restoring “confidence in government.”

Republicans claim to be the party of limited government. Now we see …

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Free Voter Freedom Act from Senate Rules Committee

Free Voter Freedom Act from Senate Rules Committee

The legislative session is coming to a close, but HB 794  Voter Freedom Act is stuck in the Senate Rules Committee.  This bill was sponsored by the Free the Vote Coalition, an alliance of groups spanning the political spectrum that includes the Libertarian Party of North Carolina.

Here is a message from Jordon Greene, President and Founder of Free the Vote NC:

The legislative session is coming to a close, but HB 794  Voter Freedom Act is stuck in the Senate Rules Committee.

The …

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Bill Would Set Up Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Bill Would Set Up Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

A group of Republicans and Democrats have introduced a bill in the state House that would set up a nonpartisan redistricting process. House Bill 606, titled “Nonpartisan Redistricting Process,” would take redistricting power out of the hands of the legislators and turn that responsibility over to division of the General Assembly.

The bill is sponsored by Representatives Paul Stam (R-Wake), Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) and Deborah Ross (D-Wake).

Stam is the speaker pro tem and Ross is co-chair of the Democratic Conference. The bill currently …

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Free the Vote Supports Ending Straight-Party Voting

Eliminating straight-party voting will be a step toward ending the two-party duopoly that controls North Carolina’s electoral process and discriminates against alternative parties and independent candidates, a spokesman for Free the Vote North Carolina said in a statement today.

“The straight-party voting system tends to perpetuate this cycle of individuals going to the polls and casting votes based simply on party label in the hopes of voting for someone that shares their common values,” said Jordon Greene, founder and president of Free the Vote NC.

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