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Excellent nonpartisan educational flyer for the May election

In case you missed it, the good folks at Democracy North Carolina have put together an excellent, half-page educational flyer that folks should copy and spread far and wide in the days ahead.

One side gives useful information about how to review your own ballot, find your polling place, and report election problems. The other side discusses Amendment One.

They have a large quantity of copies for order or you can copy and distribute yourself from the link above.

9 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    April 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    There is not one non partisan bone in Democracy NC’s organization. This article would be accurate if you stated that Democracy NC is a self proclaimed non partisan organization. How can an organization be non partisan when every board member is a partisan Democrat? To be truly non partisan, one half of the board members should be Republican.

  2. Jack

    April 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Yeah, how dare DNC try to educate the public about the up.-coming election.

    I get the impression that if half the board were rep. they would have voted against the flyer or at least have people show an ID before receiving the flyers. After all, an educated public is a dangerous thing for a certain political party.

  3. Frank Burns

    April 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Jack, I’m pleased that DNC is trying to educate the public, my problem with them is when they self designate themselves as non partisan when they are clearly not non partisan. An educated public is good for both political parties. When DNC calls themselves non partisan, the public could get the impression that they are unbiased which is not true.

  4. Doug

    April 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

    GSA is totally out of control as are most other government agencies. They all need to be downsized !

  5. david esmay

    April 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

    @Doug, that’s what we need, fewer people protecting the environment, education, and reduce public safety.

  6. Doug

    April 5, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I guess they were protecting us while at the $820,000 bash in Las Vegas. Government waste is out of control whether you want to admit it or nor david.

  7. Ricky Leung

    April 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    They are nonpartisan as long as they don’t endorse a political party or candidate, which they don’t. The personal political affiliation of the individual board members have no bearing on the partisan/non-partisan-ness of the organization as long as the organization does not endorse a political party or candidate. I think a better statement would be that a truly nonpartisan board would not flatly reject the consideration of a Republican member so long as that member upholds the ideals of the organization’s mission statement.

    Every organization is biased toward a point of view that necessarily follows from their mission statement. Such points of view may sometimes be labelled by the laymen as ideologically “left” or “right” but such ideology does not necessarily imply political affiliation with a specific party. Unbiased and nonpartisan are two different things. You may have a “liberal” position on gay rights and a “conservative” position on fiscal policy and be registered whatever party you like. Neither position dictates that you be a Democrat or a Republican. And there are both D’s and R’s that falls into that exact area of liberal-leaning social attitudes and conservative-leaning fiscal positions.

  8. Frank Burns

    April 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Ricky, DNC is committing fraud when they call themselves nonpartisan when they are not. I don’t care much for organizations that commit fraud. They call themselves nonpartisan to give more weight to their conclusions as being above the political fray. They are about as nonpartisan as Moveon.org.

  9. Ricky Leung

    April 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I think we should refrain from using DNC as acronym for Democracy NC. DNC is better known as Democratic National Convention. MoveOn.org has 2 separate organizations. Civic Action, which is a 501c(4) that is a nonpartisan education organization. And Political Action, which is a PAC and endorses candidates.

    Democracy NC is a 501c(3) and does not coordinate with candidates or parties on issues. They call themselves nonpartisan because they do not endorse or coordinate with candidates, but they never claim to be without an ideology.

    A mistake people make all the time is confusing party with ideology. Nonpartisan doesn’t mean you don’t have a view on issues, it means that in the capacity that you are nonpartisan, you are not actively supporting a party or a candidate. It does mean that you can actively support an issue. A party or candidate may support the same issue as a nonpartisan organization just as a Republican can support a Democrat issue or vice versa.

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