The North Carolina NAACP and Clean Air Carolina have sued state legislative leaders to keep four constitutional amendments off the ballot this fall.
As part of their filing, the organizations argue not only that the legislature is without the legitimate power to put amendments before voters, but also that the amendment language voters will see on the ballot this fall is unconstitutionally vague.
State NAACP President T. Anthony Spearman called the collection of amendments “one of the greatest threats to our state’s democratic institutions since the Civil War.”
Democracy North Carolina applauded the lawsuit, calling the legislature’s amendments “dishonest.”
“We support the NC NAACP and Clean Air Carolina’s effort against these dishonest amendments designed to advance partisan interests at the expense of voters,” said Democracy North Carolina Executive Director, Tomas Lopez. “This lawsuit joins a chorus of bipartisan voices standing up against these attacks on democracy and is the first of many efforts to defeat this cynical power grab in the name of a better North Carolina.”