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The Freedmen's Bureau, by Alfred R. Waud for Harper's Weekly, July 25, 1868 / Library of Congress/Public Domain

Louisiana currently allows a non-unanimous jury decision for felony convictions. That law is up for reconsideration this election day with a ballot initiative, which, if it passes, would change the state constitution to require unanimous juries.

But how did we get here? How did Louisiana become one of only two states in the nation that allows convictions by non-unanimous juries?