Courts & the Law, Defending Democracy, News

Voting rights advocates plan ‘citizen action day’ at legislature for fair courts

Lawmakers who return Jan. 10 for a special session will be met by voting rights advocates and members of the public planning to make their voices heard in the fight for fair courts.

Judicial reform has been at the forefront of a power battle that’s been brewing all year. Republican lawmakers have implemented a slew of changes to the state courts and are now considering new ways to select judges, whether it be through judicial redistricting or in the form of a merit selection plan, which would require public approval.

It’s unclear whether any plans for judicial selection reform will materialize but the North Carolina NAACP, North Carolina Voters For Clean Elections, Democracy North Carolina and Progress NC are planning a day of action to bring attention to the issues.

“Top state lawmakers are trying to gain partisan control over the courts and rig the system in their favor,” states the Fair Courts Day of Action Facebook page. “First, they canceled primary elections for judges, and now the politicians are planning to return in January 2018 to cancel judicial elections altogether and simply appoint their political friends to fill the bench and tilt the scales of justice in their favor. It’s outrageous. It’s time to hold them accountable.”

The event will kick off with a press conference in Bicentennial Plaza and be followed by citizen lobbying.

Anyone interested in attending can register here. There are also transportation options from Asheville and Charlotte.

Check Also

Board of Elections meets today to decide on voter system certification

The North Carolina Board of Elections will meet ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

The last time the Earth experienced a July this hot was well, we don’t know for sure. Such extremes [...]

Medicaid expansion is not just a moral imperative — it could provide a much-needed tonic for the fis [...]

Ag Commissioner Troxler opts in; 770 workers under Treasurer Folwell, Labor Commissioner Berry will [...]

Before the State Board of Education approved its new five-year strategic plan, SBE member James E. F [...]

When North Carolina officials put a stop, at least for the time being, to a badly mishandled contrac [...]

The post Cooper to Trump: “Not so fast” appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

If there is a single brightest and most hopeful bit of news on the North Carolina public policy hori [...]

Thirty-two seconds. That’s how long it took for the madman responsible for the carnage in Dayton, Oh [...]