When North Carolina voters go to the polls this year, many will quickly fill-in their decisions for major elections.
On the ballot they’ll find the U.S. Senate race, state legislature races, county commissioners, and the North Carolina Supreme Court race.
But way down at the end of the ballot will be a proposed constitutional amendment. Unlike Amendment One in 2012, most changes to the constitution do not receive national media attention.
This year, voters will decide whether felony defendants in non-capital cases should have the opportunity to waive their right to a jury trial.
The language on the ballot is:
Host Frank Stasio talks with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government associate professor Jeff Welty about how the amendment could change criminal proceedings in North Carolina.