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North Carolina 2014 ballot measures

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One statewide ballot measure is certified for the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of North Carolina.

So far, one legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, which pertains to criminal trials, is certified for the ballot. The 2014 legislative session began on May 14, 2014 and was projected to end on July 1, 2014, but continued thereafter. There is no statutory or constitutional requirement for when the session must end in North Carolina.[1] According to Section 4 of Article XIII of the North Carolina Constitution, a 60 percent vote in both legislative chambers is required in order to place an amendment on the ballot. The state does not allow initiatives or referendums, therefore, measures must be referred by the North Carolina Legislature.

Historical facts

  • Since 1996, an average of two measures have appeared annually on the ballot in North Carolina. Therefore, 2014 is a below-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
  • The number of measures on statewide ballots since 1996 has ranged from one to five.
  • Since 1996, 14 of 14, or 100 percent, of North Carolina ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 0 of 14, or 0 percent, of measures have been defeated.

On the ballot

See also: 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SB 399 Criminal Trials Amends North Carolina Constitution to allow criminal defendants to waive jury trial

Potential measures

Fourteen legislatively-referred constitutional amendments have been introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly during the current legislative session. According to Section 4 of Article XIII of the North Carolina Constitution, a proposed amendment must be approved in both legislative chambers by a 60 percent vote.

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Literacy Test Repeal Amendment Suffrage Repeals the amendment requiring that every person be able to read and write English in order to register to vote
LRCA Independent Redistricting Amendment Redistricting Establishes an independent redistricting commission for all future state legislative and congressional redistricting
LRCA Supermajority Vote to Levy Taxes Amendment Taxes Requires a three-fifths vote in the legislature to levy state taxes
LRCA Board of Education Membership Amendment Education Makes the Superintendent of Public Instruction the chair of the Board of Education and authorizes the governor to appoint the Superintendent of Public Instruction
LRCA "Mentally Incompetent" Cannot Vote Amendment Suffrage Disqualifies the “adjudicated mentally incompetent” from voting
LRCA Judicial Nominating Committee Amendment Judiciary Creates a judicial nominating commission to pick two candidates for each court election for constituents to vote upon
LRCA Private Property Amendment Eminent domain Prevents property from being condemned solely for private economic development
LRCA "Sunshine" Amendment Gov't accountability Provides that all state and local government records are open to inspection and copying and that all normal meetings are open to the public
LRCA "Gun Rights" Amendment Firearms Restricts limitations that may be placed on a person who holds a concealed carry permit
LRCA Municipal Annexation Amendment Local gov't Restricts the ability of municipalities to annex other municipalities
LRCA "Right to Work" Amendment Labor Makes bargaining contracts between public entities and unions illegal
LRCA Secret Ballot Amendment Labor Preserves an individual’s right to a secret ballot for employee representation by a union
LRCA Secretary of Education Amendment Education Establishes the Office of the Secretary of Education in lieu of the superintendent of public education and state board of education
LRCA Age to Hold Elected Office Amendment Elections Reduces the age of eligibility to hold elected office from 21 to 18

See also

North Carolina

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