As a precinct chair, I have been working to get out the vote for the Nov. 4 election. As I work to inform voters about the candidates, I have to face facts revealed so sharply by this election cycle.
First, it is projected that over $100 million will be spent on the Hagan-Tillis Senate race. More than two-thirds will come from special interest groups, many who do not reveal their donors and are from out of state. Out-of-state groups determine who will represent North Carolinians in Washington.
Second, as reported in N.C. Policy Watch, an outside group has just purchased $400,000 of ads in an ostensibly non-partisan Supreme Court race. Outside groups will significantly influence who sits on the highest court and rules on the constitutionality of state laws.
Third, of the 13 congressional districts, most races are not even close. If U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers wins as predicted, Republicans will likely have 10 of 13 seats in a gerrymandered state where Democrats and Republicans are almost evenly split.
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I fervently believe that each vote counts. But obstacles faced by the people voting to determine their representation are great. We must reclaim our democracy and take our government back from anonymous special interest groups.