Say "Yes" on State Income-Tax Form
To Support Fair Elections & Fair Courts
Would you rather have North Carolina judges raising campaign money from the
attorneys and business interests who appear in their courts - or from a public fund
they can tap if they agree to strict spending limits?
Which way promotes fairness in our courts and gives all qualified candidates a
chance, even if they are not personally wealthy?
North Carolina now has the nation's first "Clean Elections" public financing program
for statewide judicial candidates. It's a major breakthrough for "voter-owned
elections" in N.C. - but it won't work without public participation!
Candidates for the N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals can receive substantial
aid from a new Public Campaign Fund in exchange for accepting strict spending
and fundraising limits. Twelve of the 16 candidates used the program in 2004,
including four of the five winners.
The Fund also pays for a Voter Guide with information about the courts and
candidates. Four million copies were mailed to homes in 2004.
A distinguished bipartisan panel, headed by Campbell University Law School's Dean
Willis Whichard, oversees the program with the State Board of Election.
But the program won't work unless hundreds of thousands of taxpayers show
support by choosing "Yes" on a check-off box that is on the N.C. income-tax form.
The check-off doesn't change a person's tax bill; it just transfers $3 to the new
Public Campaign Fund for each person who says "Yes."
Look hard and find the question about the check-off on your tax return. TELL
YOUR TAX CONSULTANT TO CHECK “YES” – they may not ask you the question!
For more information, call 1-888-OUR-VOTE or go to www.ncjudges.org.
Click here for a one-page flyer about the check-off, prepared by the North Carolina
Voters for Clean Elections coalition. (PDF format)
Click here for a Q&A on the check-off and Public Campaign Fund, distributed by
the State Board of Elections. (PDF format)
Click here for talking points for a Letter to the Editor.
Click here for copy that can be used in a newsletter or email action alert.
Click here for the language in the check-off box that is on the tax form. (PDF
Click here for the front side of a small "buck slip" that gives the key information
about the check-off. (PDF format) Click here for the other side of the buck slip. You
can order hundreds of these slips from Democracy North Carolina.