Amendments Explained: Louisiana Amendment 1, Felons Disqualified to Run for Office for Five Years


Six Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot in Louisiana.

On Monday, we are looking at proposed amendment number one.

News Ten Correspondent Randi Ayala breaks down the first proposed amendment.

The mid-term elections are November 6th, and while we are not voting for a President this year, there are many important items on the ballot that could affect your life, including one of six amendments here in Louisiana.

Today, we are looking at proposed amendment number one.

Here is exactly what you will see on your ballot:

“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?”

ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley tells us how this would change things if it is passed.

“A vote for the first constitutional amendment is a voter saying there should be five years between the ending of your felony sentence and when you can serve in an elected or appointed position. A vote against the first constitutional amendment means that an individual if they’ve been convicted of a felony can serve immediately still in an elected or appointed position in Louisiana.”

While this amendment is one of the more simple ones on the ballot, others can get quite complicated.

To see more on this amendment, as well as the other amendments on the ballot, go to our website — klfy-dot-com and click on “local election h-q” under the news tab.

For your local election headquarters, I’m Randi Ayala

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