CHARLOTTE — Organizers working with statewide LGBT education and advocacy group Equality North Carolina will spend election day on Tuesday reaching out and speaking with voters about the upcoming May 8, 2012, vote on an anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment banning marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

“We want to take the opportunity being that it is an election and the people going to the polls tomorrow are people most likely to go to the polls in may to reach out to those folks and make sure they are educated about the amendment,” volunteer organizer Scott Bishop said.

Bishop and others will be staged at three voting locations in Charlotte. Bishop said the precincts were strategically chosen to educate potential supporters.

“We did some research to find out which polling locations we’d most likely be able to find our supporters who would vote against the amendment,” he said.

Organizers across the state will also speak to voters in other cities, including Asheville, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Bishop said the mission will be simple: Educate and mobilize.

“We’ll ask them if they are aware of the amendment being on the ballot and asking them to pledge to vote no,” he said.

The anti-LGBT amendment was approved for a May 8, 2012, ballot by the legislature in September. Equality North Carolina has taken the lead in opposition to the amendment. They’ll roll out their official amendment campaign at their annual conference and gala in Greensboro on Nov. 12.

Want to participate?
Those interested in volunteering with Equality North Carolina on election day can contact organizers in their city.

Asheville: Jennifer at
Wake County: Tucker at
Greensboro: Chris at
Winston-Salem: Katie at
Charlotte: Scott at

Three volunteer shifts will be held: 6:30-9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 4:30-7 p.m.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.