THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S ROLE
The DA is an elected official of a parish whose responsibility is to prosecute crimes. They hold an immense amount of power in the courts, and because of that their elections draw a lot of attention from the voting public and the media alike. Here are just some of the things a DA does:
We ask that our future DA:
WHAT IS A RUNOFF ELECTION?
A runoff election is a second election which is held when no candidate in the first election has met the required threshold for victory. In Louisiana, that threshold is 50% + 1 vote.
Runoff elections were created at the beginning of the 20th century by the white Democratic Party. Their goal was to maintain control over Southern politics by manipulating election rules.
At the time, Black folks were disenfranchised by poll taxes, literacy tests, and general voter intimidation.
Runoffs were a way to further disenfranchise voters, since only the most committed and ideologically-driven voters showed up to vote twice. (Source: Washington Post)
The candidates and propositions you'll vote for on your runoff ballot have a direct and substantial impact on your neighborhood and community.