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Louisiana holds statewide election Saturday

By: - November 11, 2021 10:25 am

The bill, named for John Lewis, who was elected to Congress as a Georgia Democrat after spending years as a leader in the civil rights movement, would restore requirements for certain states to secure pre-approval from the federal government for any significant changes to voting rights. (Hill Street Studios/Getty Images)

Louisiana’s statewide election featuring four constitutional amendments will take place Saturday, Nov. 13. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The constitutional amendments on the ballot are related to tax and state budget policy. If approved, they could impact the collection of sales taxes, income tax rates, state budget spending and local levee board taxes.

There are also special elections for a state Senate seat in Southwest Louisiana and two state House seats, located in Monroe and New Orleans. Local elections are also taking place around the state, including in New Orleans where the mayor and city council seats are on the ballot.

With the exception of New Orleans, election turnout in the state is expected to be extremely low because there are only constitutional amendments on the ballot. The Louisiana Secretary of State’s office expects just three percent of state voters to show up. 

The aftermath of Hurricane Ida could also affect voter turnout. In Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, several polling places had to be moved because of hurricane damage. Voters are also displaced — living outside the state in some cases — and may not be able to get back home for election day.

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.