On The Issue 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. For hundreds of years, dating back to common law before the constitution, the trial by jury has been repeatedly described by Justice Antonin Scalia, quoting Sir William Blackstone, as:
“the most transcendent privilege which any subject can enjoy, or wish for, that he cannot be affected either in his property, his liberty, or his person, but by the unanimous consent of twelve of his neighbours and equals.'
What Can YOU Do? Vote YES on 2! This fall, Louisiana voters will decide whether the state should remain one of only two in the nation in which a citizen can be convicted by a non-unanimous jury. Constitutional Amendment #2 will appear on the ballot in November 2018. 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. We need everyone on board to get the message out about C.A.2 and we cannot do it without you.
More than 40% of all those who have been recently exonerated in Louisiana were convicted by non-unanimous juries. But together we can all do a little to balance the scales of justice and make our courts fair for everyone.
As a nonpartisan volunteer poll monitor, you will assist voters on Election Day should they encounter any problems voting.
Volunteers commit to taking at least one Election Day shift to stand outside of assigned polling location after receiving training. You will distribute “Know Your Rights” cards to voters, answer basic questions from voters at the polls, and help voters resolve any problems that occur, with the help of trained legal professionals.
Volunteers like you will be voters’ first line of defense against suppression tactics, confusing laws, outdated infrastructure, and other impediments to making themselves heard. Sign up as an Election Protection volunteer today and we’ll reach out with all the information you need to get started.
From New Orleans, With Love
The "Love Letters" campaign is our very own effort to reach elected officials and assert our commitment to fair elections. Several of our members drafted a sample letter that you can adapt and send to elected officials of your choice.
Postcards to Voters are "friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast." You can do this yourself by registering through postcardstovoters.org. Whether you host a postcard potluck or send a few every day, this is an easy way to encourage folk in key states to 'get out the vote'!