In the final days of the General Assembly short session, ballot access reform in North Carolina is near victory … or defeat.
House Bill 32, The Electoral Freedom Act of 2011, has been languishing in Senate committee since it was passed by a bi-partisan 68-49 vote of the state House a year ago. The bill had and still has the support of House leadership including Speaker Tillis who has given his approval to the Senate to hear the bill.
The only thing that stands in the way of restoring the people of North Carolina’s constitutional right to free choice and freedom of speech on the ballot and freedom of association is the approval of the Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
Even though Senator Berger promised during the long session in 2011 that he would give House Bill 32 a vote on the Senate floor before the assembly adjourned in 2012, he now refuses to keep that promise.
Now the leader of the Senate claims the Senate will hear no election law bills during the short session, in contradiction to the promise he himself gave last year.
Even more interesting is that in spite of this claim, election law bills have been moved and heard in the Senate. As late as Tuesday, in the same committee where HB 32 is mired, they considered a bill about Greene County Elections. The problem seems to be that while many members of the Senate leadership support of HB 32 getting a vote in the Senate before the end of the session, Senator Berger refuses to allow the bill to be voted on.
We need your help to show Senator Berger that there is no reason to keep HB 32 from being heard on the Senate floor. The bill has widespread support from both parties and the Senate leadership. It simply puts North Carolina in compliance with our state Constitution by restoring the rights of the people to choose freely who represents them. The only roadblock is Senator Berger’s approval.
We need you to contact Senator Berger and urge him to keep his promise to allow our ballot access reform bill to get a vote on the Senate floor before the assembly adjourns. Be sure to let your friends and family know and encourage them to call also. Call Senator Berger’s office at (919) 733-5708 or e-mail him at Phil.Berger@ncleg.net.
The assembly is expected to adjourn next week, so make your call today. There is still time to bring about real ballot access reform.
This is not a partisan issue, it is a freedom issue. Without the right to vote we are not truly free, we need ballot access reform in North Carolina!
For Liberty’ Sake,
Jordon M. Greene
President and Founder
P.S. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Reps. Steven LaRoque and Glen Bradley who have championed this bill and worked tirelessly and relentlessly for its passage. We’re sorry that they won’t be returning to the General Assembly next year and wish them well in the future endeavors and thank them for standing up for all North Carolinians.