Colorado voted on abolishing slavery
Did you know that slavery is still a legal form of punishment under the U.S. Constitution?
The 13th Amendment, which was ratified in 1865, states:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime for which a personal has been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”
Amendment A would change Colorado’s constitution to ban slavery in any form, including as punishment for a crime.
Florida voted on restoring felons' voting rights
Amendment 4 would automatically restore felons’ voting rights in a state that is home to a quarter of the nation’s disenfranchised felons.
Did you know there are more than 533 kinds of felonies in Florida, including trespassing on a construction site and disturbing a lobster trap?
California’s animal rights battle
Prop 12 on California’s ballot would ban the sale of meat and eggs from animals confined in areas that don’t meet space requirements.
The Humane Society, which supports the proposition, says, “It would be the world’s strongest protection for animals raised for human consumption.”
PETA, on the other hand, still has concerns, saying, “It is not and never will be humane to confine birds to one measly square-foot space. Cruelty is cruelty is cruelty, and it doesn’t matter what label you put on it.”
Missouri voted on bingo
The Show Me State’s Amendment 4 would remove a constitutional ban on advertising bingo games.
Louisiana residents voted on ending Jim Crow-era laws
Amendment 2 would require unanimous agreement by jurors for all felony trials.
Louisiana is the only state where someone can be sentenced to life without parole without a unanimous decision of a jury. In a felony case, only 10 of the 12 jurors are needed to agree on a guilty verdict.
Dating back to 1898, the law was created post Reconstruction era, when white male delegates gathered during the Louisiana Constitutional Convention and drafted laws designed to “perpetuate the supremacy of the Anglo-Saxon race in Louisiana.”