We are getting very close to this November's elections. Voting day is Tuesday November 6th, and early voting has already begun.

Since we're so close, we thought it would be a great chance to further explore some of what you'll see on this year's ballot. There are 6 proposed Constitutional Amendments in Louisiana this year.

The first one, Act 722 (or Proposition 2) is about changing Louisiana to a "unanimous jury" state. Currently, Louisiana and Oregon are the only states who don't require a unanimous jury to convict someone of any non-capital felony. Meaning a person could be sent to prison for life with a 10-2 jury.

Your ballot will read:

“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?”

So what does that mean? Here's the full text from the proposal:

Present Constitution provides that a noncapital criminal case for an offense in which the punishment is necessarily confinement at hard labor shall be tried before a jury of twelve persons, ten of whom must concur to render a verdict.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment provides that a noncapital criminal case for an offense committed prior to January 1, 2019 in which the punishment is necessarily confinement at hard labor shall be tried before a jury of twelve persons, ten of whom must concur to render a verdict.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment provides that a noncapital criminal case for an offense committed on or after January 1, 2019, in which the punishment is necessarily confinement at hard labor shall be tried before a jury of twelve persons, all of whom must concur to render a verdict.

So what does all of that mean for you?

A vote YES on this Amendment say that you want Louisiana to join 48 other states in requiring unanimous jury verdicts.

A vote NO on this Amendment means no change to current law.