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Letter to the Editor: Vote no on amendments

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

The last time we amended our Constitution, the amendment was on the ballot in its entirety, with its precise wording.

This November, there will be six questions at the bottom of your ballot. They are often described in shorthand as "amendments." However, they are not.

These questions, essentially, ask you to give away your power in advance, to allow the General Assembly to write an amendment which will then be the law. We will not be allowed to approve or reject what they write, as our Constitution guarantees us.

The six questions each describe, in general terms, a subject for the amendment. Deliberately, the actual wording of the amendment and any ramifications are not available. You may believe the idea presented is a pretty good idea. For example, the first question is about victims' rights. But who is the victim, Judge Kavanaugh or Dr. Ford? The dissonance you felt reading that question is clear evidence that you should demand to vote only on actual amendments, not a vague pledge.

Power is only good when it is used. We have the power to vote down these misleading questions and ask the General Assembly to follow our Constitution: Give us a true amendment to vote on. Don't vote away your power! Flip your ballot over and vote NO on all six questions.

Patricia Farber-Schirman

Rocky Mount

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