The midterms on Tuesday saw the re-election of many incumbents to the U.S. House of Representatives and N.C. General Assembly. Though this may not come as a surprise to many, there is still some uncertainty surrounding the results.
The state voted in favor of four North Carolina constitutional amendments, including greater protection for crime victims, a voter ID requirement, a lower income tax cap and the establishment of a constitutional right to fish and hunt.
Two amendments were voted against, one concerning the creation of an eight-member bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement and another allowing the state legislature to appoint in the case of judicial vacancies.
Skylar Teague, director of outreach for UNC College Republicans, said there’s been a sharp split in how the amendments were perceived by each political party.
“I’ve been quite amazed — the Republicans (were) saying vote for all six, the Democrats nix all six,” Teague said.
Both of the rejected amendments threatened to take power away from the governor in favor of the state legislature. The proposed amendment to create a judicial vacancy commission faced particularly strong opposition from voters, with nearly 66.9 percent voting against it.
Teague said he disliked the idea of giving lawmakers a dominant role in filling judicial vacancies.
“I think a lot of Republicans are worried about that tearing apart separation of powers,” he said.
Of the four amendments approved by the state's voters, each differed in popularity, garnering anywhere from 55.6 percent to 62.1 percent approval. The expansion of constitutional rights for crime victims was the most popular amendment proposed.