Aye! Early voting for the mid-term elections is happening through the 30th, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th. A lot of folks in the social justice scene are talking about Amendment 2 to institute UNANIMOUS JURIES - which is great cause that needs to happen. Currently, Louisiana and Oregon are the only two states in the country that don’t require a unanimous jury verdict for non-capital felony convictions. That means if ten people who clutch their purses when they see a Black person walking in their direction decide that they believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, your 16-year old cousin is guilty of, say, murder one (I watch a lot of Law and Order) he’s going to jail, even though two completely reasonable jurors were like, “Nah, son, the DA did not provide sufficient evidence that Pookie teleported from the barber shop to the scene of the crime.”
Side note: if you have an ounce of political consciousness, you need to show up when you're called for jury duty because it could be the difference between wrongful incarceration by people who think all negroes are criminals and a non-guilty verdict. Side side note: To Kill a Mockingbird (lol).
The other four amendments are really important, too, however:
Amendment 4 - "Prohibit using funds in the Transportation Trust Fund for state police." Errmmm.. Yeah, let's def prohibit that and not increase funding for the police, especially them buzz-cut state mfers who look like they think about how many niggers they're gonna assault while they're bench pressing, to profile black folks. I'm good. We good. Traffic ain't even that bad - you been to L.A.? See image below.
Amendment 5 - "Allows special assessment for certain homes held in trust." Ok, so I'm really curious about this one because, well, the trust I know best is the community land trust which definitely should have special assessment since it creates PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING (yes, shouted). BUT then there's the St. Charles Ave-type, old money trusts in which rich folks move assets into trust that their children/grandchildren will inherit, and if passed, this amendment would mean that those assets wouldn't be taxed (that's like millions in assets untaxed). Nah. I think *finger on chin* (any other opinions?).
Amendment 6 - "Require a tax phase in for homes when assessment increases by more than 50%." Well, yeah, I mean, if you want to keep your family home, then yes. Gentrifiers will benefit, too. But most importantly, so will your grandma.
Also, for complete transparency: I'd take a convicted felon in office over an unconvicted felon any day (Amendment 1). It’s only the snitches I don’t vote for (and Irvin Mayfield - you can’t steal from the kids, bruh). In the words of Pampy Barre's grandson, Messy Mya, "Who gon pop me?"
Edited: I don't even understand the implications of Amendment 3 (“allow political subdivisions to exchange public equipment and personnel”), but I'm moving towards a "eh, sure why not." If anyone cares to explain, I'm listening. After further consideration and conversation with Catherine Rierson and Kristina Kay Robinson, I’m actually leaning towards a hard NO! (1) It does just sound so ridiculously loose that it has to be a set up and (2) this would allow them to militarize the police (not share lawn-mowers like PAR suggests).
And as for the parish-wide ballot: Are we really voting about whether fantasy football should be legal? Seriously? I'm torn about this one. If I say yes then winnings are taxable and I don't want none of my homies to have to pay taxes on their wins (pocket that and never look back). If I say no, then the homies will be criminalized? Oh, Louisiana legislature, you's a petty bitch. (Also, didn't know the difference between gaming and gambling).
Thanks for reading this random rant. Now get thee to the polls!!! Except on Sunday - they closed.
To read in-depth explanations of the proposed amendments, please check out the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana’s Guide to the 2018 Constitutional Amendments.