Races For Congress & General Assembly To Be Featured In November Election With Constitutional Amendments
Although 2018 is an “off-year” election without a race for U.S. President, N.C. Governor, or U.S. Senate to top the ballot, November 6 marks an important opportunity for voters statewide. Ballots that day will feature more candidates for General Assembly seats than in any election since the 1990s, giving voters across the state a chance to decide which individuals they will send to Raleigh in January 2019 as Senators and Representatives for the next two-year cycle of the state’s General Assembly that will make many decisions impacting public education.
With each legislative race, voters will help determine if Republicans will maintain veto-proof margins of power in both the House and Senate or if Democrats will pick up additional seats in one or both chambers. Currently the GOP holds “super majorities” in both chambers, meaning they control more than two-thirds of total votes in each chamber and can easily muster support to override the Governor’s vetoes on almost any bill they choose. They now lead the House with 75 Republicans and 45 Democrats, while the Senate power structure is similar with a 35-15 edge for the GOP.
Democrats across the state are fielding more legislative candidates than in recent memory in hopes they can pick up 4 more seats in the House and 6 additional seats in the Senate that would allow them to break the super majority in one or both chambers and give them a larger voice in controlling the flow of legislation. That party would need 16 seats to take control of the House and 11 seats to assume leadership of the Senate.
It is important to note that the North Carolina Association (NCASA) is non-partisan and remains committed to working with all lawmakers elected to serve in the General Assembly and does not endorse candidates or push for one party over another. The organization is providing information about the upcoming elections in this article only to make our members aware of the great interest in the Nov. 6 legislative races and how education leader voting is important to help determine which lawmakers and what leadership structure will oversee legislative issues affecting public schools for the next two years.
Along with these legislative races, statewide voters will elect North Carolina’s 13 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as many seats for District Attorney and judges. In addition, six constitutional amendments that NCASA has reported on previously will also be on the ballot for voters statewide to decide whether to approve or reject.
Leading up to the election are several key deadlines that NCASA members may want to take advantage of to ensure they are eligible to vote:
- Voter registration deadline: October 12. Click here to view the voter registration form.
- One-Stop Early Voting Period: October 18 – November 3. Click here to view your County’s early voting locations.
- Absentee ballot deadline: November 6. Click here to view the absentee ballot request form.
- General Election Voting Day: November 6
NCASA would like to remind our members of the importance of voting and researching state and local challengers and incumbents before the election to support candidates who are friends of public education and want to work with you, your schools, and the students you serve.