What You Can Do To Protect The Black Vote

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The North Carolina General Assembly recently approved six constitutional amendments voters will weigh in on at the end of the 2018 General Election ballot.

However, looking closer at the fine print, NC lawmakers may be conspiring to suppress the Black vote and community resources. Some changes to the law that sound harmless could be anything but.

The amendments seem pretty straightforward. Like the Photo ID Amendment requiring voters to have one of only a few approved IDs. But upon closer examination, these changes would be particularly dangerous for Black people and our communities.

Requiring a photo ID, they say, will help prevent voter fraud. Yet studies prove Black folks have less access to photo IDs and this limits our equal participation in voting.

The 7% Tax Cap Amendment has sneaky language as well. At first, it seems like the average person’s tax bill will stay low. And who wouldn’t vote in favor of that?

But the amendment’s fine print assures big corporations that they’ll never have to pay out more than 7% of their millions of dollars in profits to support our communities. This effectively limits an important and sorely needed revenue source indefinitely.

The bottom line is this: vote smart. These laws are so new, we have no way of assessing their consequences. And a constitutional amendment specifically is a mistake that is almost IMPOSSIBLE to reverse.

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