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Can your vote support police reform?


Hell yes!

There are MANY offices potentially on your ballot that greatly impact the systems meant to protect your community -- and YOU get to vote for them.

Let’s go down the list, shall we?


LOCAL


Mayor
Usually the person who appoints the chief of police and oversees/is head of the local police department. In other words, they preside over law enforcement within their locale.


Sheriff
Commonly the chief of a county law enforcement agency. The main difference between a sheriff and a police chief is that 1) they preside over a county and 2) YOU get to elect them directly (except in NYC, RI, and HI).


District Attorney (aka the “DA”)
Considered the highest law enforcement official for a local government area. Makes the final decision for arrest charges. DAs are either appointed by the chief executive of the jurisdiction or elected by local voters -- AKA YOU!


STATE


Judges
Most states elect their state supreme court judges, though some are appointed. They hear appeals from lower courts and decide whether or not a case is sent back for retrial.


Governor
Responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing state agencies and programs such as juvenile justice and the state police.


State Legislators
Makes laws that detail what is to be considered a crime, the processes for responding to and sentencing crimes, and funding for state police departments.


FEDERAL


Congress
Congressional senators and representatives make national law, and in turn, are able to change and improve our current criminal justice system.


President
Head of U.S. government. Commands the armed forces, enforces federal laws, and picks the Attorney General (presides over the Department of Justice).


With elections coming up nationwide, we have to VOTE, and help direct this movement into permanent action.

We’ve been pushing back in the streets; it’s time we also push back within the system that already exists. Let’s Give A Shit and make change a reality -- together.


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