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People won't vote because they don't want jury duty

When I try to convince people to vote they seem to think that by voting that they will be eligible for jury duty. This is not the case at all. I have heard this several times and I explain to them that they no longer use voter registration to find you for jury duty but rather by if you have a license or not. So it's making me think a lot of people are thinking this way and thus not voting... I think voters need to be reeducated about this... uggh. Has anyone else experienced this. It has mostly occurred from younger voters in the 18-25 range.

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Who was it that wrote...

something to the effect of, "who wants to be judged by anyone who wasn't smart enough to get out of jury duty?"

Yes, it's supposed to be humorous, but it's one of those moments when you laugh and say, "Yeah, right." Then you think and say, "Wait a minute..."
If you vote, you deserve the government YOU voted for.
If you vote uninformed, you deserve the government you GET.
If you don't vote, you have no opinion that matters.

Ron Paul

Jury Duty is the ONLY Place Where Your Vote REALLY Counts

Your vote can be the deciding vote every time. I have a friend who was just ground up by the system, very unfairly. If she had known someone like me would be on the jury, she might have held out for a jury trial.

Jurors are the only ones who can correct errors in the law short of the Supreme Court. How many things have we called unconstitutional? Any freedom-fighter with any gumption ought to be able to serve on a jury for freedom. I suggest everyone check out the FIJA.org.

I don't believe federal drug laws and three-strikes laws are legal under the Constitution, nor that various thought-crimes are illegal. Serving on a jury is one of the most effective things we can do to change the system.


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I cannot count....

how many times I have heard this from 18-23 year old students. One of them is a family member. This myth is alive and well!

Vote for FREEDOM!

It is easy to avoid jury duty

In CA, they use driver's license and voting records. First, don't respond to the notice received in the mail. There is no way they can prove you received and read it unless it comes with a signature requirement or via a process server (not likely, that is very expensive). What if you had moved? They don't have the time or resources to try to find you. The courts rely on the fear factor and honesty of the populace.

If you do respond, then simple tell the Judge that you will vote innocent regardless of the evidence. Or that you are a racist and will vote guilty. If you decide to do your duty, and its an IRS case, be sure to inform all the other jurors that there is no law requiring them to fill out an IRS form and pay taxes for wages, and to vote not-gulity. If they don't beleive you then ask the Judge to give you a copy of the law. It does not exist.


It varies by state

In MO, they use voter lists but also personal property taxes (do they own a vehicle?) and also real estate taxes. I have been a registered voter for 17 years and have only been called to jury duty once.

Another way to look at it:

This is an opportunity to shill for FIJA (http://fija.org/) and explain about jury nullification. Figure out a hot button issue and remind them they can hang a jury by voting to acquit if they disagree with the law. I have my own personal fantasies about a soap box speech in the jury room. =)

As long as we continue to have a legal system instead of a justice system, we need to use every opportunity we can to inform others about the people's power to nullify laws. Jury nullification played a role in ending the war on alcohol.

"...it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..."

"...it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..."

I'm with you Wendy...

I'm dying for a jury duty post so I can educate my fellow jurors on FIJA!!!

But of course, when I hear that someone doesn't want jury duty, I simply tell them how easy it is to get out of it.

I think it is true

The Motor Voter Law (Clinton) made every state have a check box to become a registered voter to people getting a driver's license at the DMV. (That's why the illegals getting licenses was so bad).

When you register to vote you are automatically signed up for Selective Service (the draft if you are male); I think this IS where Juror lists come from.

I may be a vegetarian, but I'll defend to the death my right to eat pork!

I may be a vegetarian, but I'll defend to the death my right to eat meat!

I haven't ever heard that one ...

Something new every day .. :)

It's not just that age range...

...I hear that from lots of people. Not specifically tied to the voting issue (good info, I was under that impression as well). The fact that someone would try and avoid jury duty is the kind of thing that needs to be fixed with a basic education in civics.

If you get picked for jury duty, it means:
1) Someone trusts you to decide the fate of another human being.
2) If a random citizen won't do it, people would either be paid to do it or the government would do it. Either situation would be a wide-open hole for conflicts of interest.

If you are EVER tried a crime, would you want a group of irritated apathetic people deciding what happens to you?

Jury duty is not only just that (a civic duty), but it is an honor. Tell those people to relax and bring a book. All those audio recordings they play to the potential jurors isn't just tripe. It really is a critical function of our legal system that we ignore at our own peril.

MUST BE A PROPERTY owner in Texas...

I dont know about other states, but signing up to vote does nothing here about jury duty - you have to be a property owner in county...
so if you own a home or car you are drafted - nothing to do with voter registration

Is this true

for the draft as well? Because I know a lot of ppl who say they also will not vote because they do not want to be drafted. Thanks for the info on jury duty.

This is not true at all...

voter registration has *nothing to do* with drafting... trust me... I was drafted...

Years Ago This Was True

Years ago this was true, if you registered to vote, then you were eligible for jury duty (in Texas - I don't know about other states). My husband (nearly 70) had never registered to vote and for many, many years he was not called for jury duty. But at some point, evidently the law changed regarding this, because he started being sent more jury duty forms than I had ever gotten. He has only just now registered to vote (after all these years), so he can vote for Ron Paul!