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County Voters Receive Ballots Missing Amendment 1

County Voters Receive Ballots Missing Amendment 1

 

Multiple sources are reporting that as North Carolina goes to the ballot some voters have been given incorrect voting forms that are missing Amendment 1, the constitutional amendment that if approved would enshrine the state’s gay marriage ban and would outlaw civil unions and impact domestic partnerships.

Reports the Courage Campaign:

In addition, we have heard reports out of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh, three core areas of anti-Amendment One sentiment, of precincts handing out incorrect ballots.  In North Carolina, 17-year-olds can vote in primary elections provided they turn 18 by the November 6 election, but they cannot vote on Amendment One since they are not of voting age for this election.  Because of this, they receive ballots that do not have Amendment One on them.

Unfortunately, it appears that some people over the age of 17 are being handed ballots that are missing Amendment One in what should be major anti-Amendment One districts.  If you live in North Carolina and have experienced this problem, or know someone who has, it is of the utmost importance to call 1-866-OUR-VOTE and report the issue.  We will follow this story as it develops.

More from ShelbyStar.com:

County Elections Director Debra Blanton said three people at the Mulls precinct on Belwood-Lawndale Road were mistakenly given ballots for 17-year-olds who will turn 18 before November’s general election.

Seventeen-year-old voters can only vote on partisan races, and not on Amendment 1, Blanton told The Star.

[...]

Blanton said, to her knowledge, the ballot switch-up happened only at Mulls precinct to three county voters. Those voters will be given provisional ballots, and the Board of Elections will decide whether to include those votes on Monday, when provisional votes are typically counted.

Recent polls suggest a 14-17% margin will approve Amendment 1 despite the fact the language will likely kill the legal power of domestic partnerships for straight couples and may impact state health coverage, domestic violence provisions, competitiveness in business, and may cost teaching talent.

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9:52PM PDT on May 13, 2012

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation. Children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principles where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these values, I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

6:59AM PDT on May 11, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

12:21AM PDT on May 10, 2012

@James E.: AGREED, considering how Dubya got in!!

@Amanda M.: "GOPTP"?! #confused

6:24PM PDT on May 9, 2012

The GOPTP will stop at NOTHING to get their way, and this smacks of deliberate sabotage to me. Ballot mistake, my ass!

9:28AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Mistakenly given??? Somehow I doubt it.

8:55AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Votes can be held from now till doomsday on limiting the rights of other citizens, but sooner or later, gays will be granted their civil right to marry the person they love same as every other citizen. This is one more of those red herring issues that keep our focus off of the real issues of corruption, corporate influence and loss of civil liberties. Time to kick the social conservatives out of office and get on with the rebuilding of America. We have fallen behind in education, health care, technology and science while the rest of the world ramps up, we fight over boys kissing boys. Get a grip, people - we need modern infrastructure if we're going to attract business; an adequately educated workforce if we want well paying jobs; livable cities and streets if we want citizens healthy enough to defend our country. We have serious challenges we aren't facing because we spend too much time trying to control what someone else is doing in their bedroom or doctor's office.

7:46AM PDT on May 9, 2012

I somehow hope that such a thing could invalidate the vote in some way, but considering the history of fraud on the bigots' side, I fear North Carolina is doomed. How sad.

Thanks for the post.

7:35AM PDT on May 9, 2012

They probably "found" this loophole for the younger voters cuz they know younger people aren't as scared of the gays as older people are.

5:33AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Constitutional bigotry..., passed with possible voting irregularity, how fitting....

3:53AM PDT on May 9, 2012

North Carolina-the going backwards state. The return of the right to own slaves will show up next-geez. What ever happened to the separation between church and state?

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