“During afternoon break the clerk, who is standing by the jury box, is asked by a juror how he can get out of jury service next time. In California, you can be called once every twelve months for jury duty.
“‘I could do maybe one week a year, but there’s no way my employer could handle three weeks, two years in a row,’ the juror says.
“‘Well,’ the clerk tells him, ‘people are picked from the voter rolls.’
“‘Then I’m going to un-register to vote,’ says the woman beside me. ‘I don’t like voting anymore, either.’”
—an essay aptly titled “Reluctant Citizens,” by Kyle Boelte, in ZYZZYVA, anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016
This is so sad. Maybe California should give them more time between calls. Where I live it’s only every three years.