No matter what you care about, it’s on the ballot in 2020.
The races at the bottom of your ballot should be a top priority for all voters.
Have the power to do everything from felony and misdemeanor criminal cases to business disputes to divorce and child custody.
LOCAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Hold the purse strings for your community, determining everything from local funding for your elections to setting your property taxes.
LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD
Sets the school system budget and decides who runs your schools, where kids go to school, how big classes are, and even what textbooks are used.
LOCAL SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SUPERVISORS
Establishes local conservation priorities and works with landowners on things like soil preservation, flood prevention and protecting clean water.
All North Carolinians will be affected by these co-equal branches of government.
COUNCIL OF STATE
(Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Labor)
Includes the top 10 officials in NC’s executive branch, is led by the governor, and can call for special legislative sessions and determine the state’s financial future.
STATE JUDGES AND JUSTICES: NC COURT OF APPEALS AND SUPREME COURT
The state’s highest courts hold the governor and legislature accountable, make life or death decisions in death penalty appeals, and are the the final word on other appeals and interpretations of state laws.
STATE LEGISLATURE: NC SENATE AND NC HOUSE
The two chambers of the NC General Assembly hold the power to make state laws on everything from voting maps to environmental decisions to how many North Carolinians receive health care. They also use your taxpayer dollars to set the state budget, including resources for everything from roads to schools.
Everything from the future of the economy to the fate of the planet is at the front of your ballot.
US PRESIDENT (AND VICE PRESIDENT)
America’s chief executive determines the fate of our armed forces, appoints federal judges — all the way up to the US Supreme Court — and has the power to stop laws passed by Congress.
CONGRESS: US SENATE AND US HOUSE
With the ability to make US law and oversee federal agencies, Congress’ powers include spending your tax dollars, taking the country to war, deciding who gets health care and environmental protections, and when to hold the President accountable — from appointments to impeachments.