Vote YES on Amendment 3
November 8, 2022 #DontSkipIt
The language of the current Tennessee Constitution reads, “That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, are forever prohibited by this State.” Amendment 3 will finally end the exception to the abolition of slavery in Tennessee.
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This is not about right or left. This is about right or wrong.
The language of the current Tennessee Constitution reads, “That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, are forever prohibited by this State.” A person convicted of a crime may be a prisoner, but no one should ever be a slave. The ambition of abolition is still unfinished; words matter. Amendment 3 will finally end the exception to the abolition of slavery in Tennessee. Once Amendment 3 passes our State Constitution will read, “That slavery and involuntary servitude are forever prohibited in this State. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an inmate from working when the inmate has been duly convicted of a crime.”
With the overwhelming bipartisan support of both chambers of the Tennessee Legislature, this amendment passed as a joint resolution in 2021. As a result, Amendment 3 is finally on the ballot. This is not about right or left. This is about right or wrong. We are United Tennessee. Let’s finish it!
PLEASE NOTE: According to Tennessee Law, you must vote for governor in order for your vote on a constitutional amendment to count. And yes, that includes write-in votes! #DontSkipIt #VoteYesOn3TN
What can you do? Endorse the campaign, place a sign or window decal at your place of business, volunteer, spread the word, share information on social media, attend events and pledge to vote YES to 3.
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This amendment passed as a Senate joint resolution in 2019 and 2021 as required by Tennessee law with overwhelming bipartisan support from members of both the State House and State Senate. In 2019, SJR0159 was sponsored by Senator Raumesh Akbari. The Senate Co-Sponsors were Senators Robinson, Lundberg, Kyle, Bowling, Gilmore, Dickerson, and White. The House Co-Sponsors were Representatives Towns, Hardaway, Clemmons, Stewart, Hodges, Potts, G. Johnson, Thompson, Freeman, Coley, Lamar, Love, Faison, Camper, and Dixie. It was approved by the State Senate on March 25, 2019 and by the State House on April 22, 2019.