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.
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.
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.