Voters statewide will be asked to decide yes or no on six proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot. These amendments address a number of serious issues. 

This PAR Guide to the 2018 Constitutional Amendments provides a review of each proposed amendment in the order they will appear on the ballot, plus the fantasy sports item.

The Guide is educational and does not recommend how to vote. It offers concise analysis and provides arguments of proponents and opponents. These proposals were passed during the regular legislative session earlier this year. Each bill received at least a two-thirds favorable vote in the House of Representatives and in the Senate and now needs a majority vote at the polls as required for passage of constitutional amendments. The governor cannot veto proposals for constitutional amendments. Voters must do their part. In order to develop informed opinions about the proposed amendments, they must evaluate each one carefully and make a decision based on its merits.

The deadline to register to vote is October 16, 2018. For more information on registering to vote, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

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