Fall 2022 Recap
There were 11 constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall election season—eight on the November 8th Election ballot and three on the December 10th Election ballot. Many of the Amendments this election season went against our values of equity and justice for all people in Louisiana. Voter confusion around Amendment 7 on the November 8th ballot impacted the outcome.
"The confusion led voters to a conclusion that didn't serve our state," said Ashley Shelton, the president and CEO of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, a civic engagement organization in Louisiana. "I can name so many amendments over the years that have undermined the voters' ability to actually vote in their own interests because they don't understand it," Shelton said.
“Every election is important, and each year the stakes are raised. [This election season] we’ve been working with partners to educate voters about what the Public Service Commissioner does and how this position impacts national climate goals, but also the rates of public utilities that are needed in the day-to-day life of everyone. Someone who holds that much power should be accountable to the people they serve. For everyone to vote with confidence, voters need to understand what that candidate does and where they stand on important issues,” said Ashley Shelton.
Davante Lewis, commissioner-elect, will serve the people of PSC District 3. Your vote made history and helped to elect the highest ranking Black official and the first LGBTQ person into state office in Louisiana. People power in action!
While we know there is still work to be done across our state, we hope people are as fueled by this election season as we are. Together we can create the change we wish to see and shift power back to the people. We are doing this, one vote at a time.
It starts with your vote in each and every election. When we all choose to use our voice we eventually create a movement and a force that cannot be stopped. We are excited most about this and will continue to push until we see Louisiana at its best... A multi-class, multi-racial and multi-generational state where everyone thrives.