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To: The North Carolina General Assembly

No Power Grab in NC: End the Special Session

Tell the Republican Leadership North Carolina General Assembly to end the illegal special session, accept the will of the voters of North Carolina and stop rigging the laws of the state in their favor.

Why is this important?

After failing to win the governor’s race the through laws suppressing Black voters, the Republican officials in North Carolina.have decided they’re just going to nullify the results of the election. The Republican controlled NC General Assembly is stripping the election results of their meaning by drastically reducing the power of incoming Governor-elect Roy Cooper with an outrageous package of bills that include:

- Having Republican control of the Board of Election during even years -- the years in which most NC elections are held -- and Democrats relegated to odd years.

- Rigging the court process so fewer cases are able to be decided by the now-Democratic State Supreme Court appeals and all cases have to go through the full court of appeals, which is controlled by Republicans.

- Limiting the number of members the governor can appoint to powerful board of trustees at the University of North Carolina school system and the state Board of Education

It is outrageous that a legislature elected by what the federal courts declared to be deliberately racially-gerrymandered districts are further perverting the system to diminish Black political power in the state. The NC General Assembly is denying voters their right to decide who governs state by seizing power from the Governor’s office, cutting its staff to the bone, requiring their final approval on all appointments, and maintain control of the Board of Elections in all election years. This is a naked attempt to maintain supremacy in a state despite the decision of the voters.

That this incredible abuse of power is set to happen in a special session of the General Assembly that is supposed to address Hurricane Matthew relief only shows how low they’ll stoop to maintain control. This is the same Republican Party that had the "Monster" Voter suppression laws thrown out this year by federal judges who saw that Republicans wrote their laws only after receiving data on how Black people exercised their right to vote in the state.

Help stop this outrageous move that will waste your tax dollars, undermine the independence of the courts, and overthrow the will of North Carolina voters.

Raleigh, NC, United States

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2016-12-18 20:41:55 -0800

500 signatures reached

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2016-12-15 16:26:30 -0800

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