2018 Louisiana Midterm Elections
Vote NO on 1 and YES on 2!
November 6th, 2018
Ballot Amendment 1
what is ballot amendment 1 say?
“Do you support an amendment to prohibit a convicted felon from seeking or holding public office or appointment within five years of completion of his sentence unless he is pardoned?”
what does this mean?
A yes vote supports prohibiting people convicted of felonies to run or hold public office for five years after their sentence ends.
A no vote opposes banning people convicted of felonies from running or holding public office until five years after the end of their sentence.
why should I vote no?
We believe that criminal history should not preclude individuals from running for public office to represent their communities and provide their valuable insight and experiences to the larger public. We also know that in Louisiana many people are on probation or parole for life, which means they would be excluded from ever running for public office.
Ballot Amendment 2
what does ballot amendment 2 say?
“Do you support an amendment to require a unanimous jury verdict in all noncapital felony cases for offenses that are committed on or after January 1, 2019?
what do votes mean?
A yes vote joins the 48 other States that require a unanimous agreement from the jury when convicting individuals charged with felonies.
A no vote will keep the current legislation as is, thus meaning the courts will continue to require the agreement of only 10 of 12 jurors when convicting individuals charged with felonies.
why should I vote YES?
More than 40% of all those who have been recently exonerated in Louisiana were convicted by non-unanimous juries.
In forty-eight other states and in federal courts across the country, a conviction requires a unanimous vote – all jurors must agree on whether a prosecutor has met the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.