2016 Convention Resolutions

Resolution to Repeal North Carolina House Bill 2

Whereas House Bill 2 unduly intrudes state authority into local decision-making and unreasonably limits the ability of the citizens of North Carolina to govern themselves;

Whereas House Bill 2 declares an individual’s gender based on their birth certificate, which if issued in another state, where North Carolina laws do not reach, potentially impose undue burdens on citizens entrapping them in a web of conflicting state’s laws;

Whereas the state does not have the authority to give itself the power to determine an individual’s gender, as in the case of transgender and hermaphroditic individuals; and

Whereas House Bill 2 bans citizens from using North Carolina state courts to remedy discrimination the bill itself purportedly outlaws, thus materially reducing protections for individual rights; so, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the Libertarian Party of North Carolina,

  1. urges the North Carolina General Assembly to cease seizing more powers for the state;

  2. end the practice of determining gender bureaucratically; and,

  3. repeal House Bill 2.

Approved in convention, April 24, 2016

Resolution to Restore Write-In Voting

Whereas “All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only” (North Carolina Constitution, Article I, Section 2)

Whereas “The people of this State have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right of regulating the internal government thereof” (North Carolina Constitution, Article I, Section 3)

Whereas “All elections shall be free” (North Carolina Constitution Article I, Section 10)
Whereas “Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office” (North Carolina Constitution, Article VI, Section 6);

Whereas North Carolina General Statute 163-123 stipulates that some votes cast by legally registered voters for constitutionally eligible persons – write-in votes for persons the legislature disapproves of – “shall not be counted for any purpose”

Whereas that statute thus amounts to the legislature picking and choosing which votes to count, sometimes yielding suspicious results like unanimous vote tallies in our statewide elections; so, therefore, be it

Resolved, that North Carolina General Statute 163-123, a statewide general ban on write-in voting without prior legislative permission, should be repealed immediately, restoring free elections to North Carolina this year, and ending the open falsification of North Carolina vote tallies this year.

Approved in convention, April 24, 2016

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