In A Flash
Louisiana’s top election official says holiday shopping makes December elections difficult
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Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin wants to get rid of December elections because, he said, holiday shopping causes a severe shortage of delivery trucks that can transport voting machines.
“December elections are almost becoming impossible,” Ardoin told the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday. “We’re competing with Amazon and FedEx to get trucks.”
Ardoin’s office recently facilitated the Dec. 11 elections for many municipal and parish races across the state, including the runoff elections for the New Orleans City Council and Orleans Parish sheriff.
He described instances in which he came upon parking lots full of rental trucks only to discover they had been reserved far in advance of the holidays by retail companies who use shipping. .
“We’ve got to find a way, and I know this is a big apple…we’ve got to get away from December elections,” Ardoin said.
Ardoin said he also expects the state to struggle with future fall elections, as hurricane seasons get more severe.
“Unless we decide to move all our elections to the spring, we’re always going to be in hurricane season, and from everything I read, it’s not necessarily going to get any better,” Ardoin said. “It’s only going to get worse. So we need to take that into consideration as we’re making reforms.”
“There’s no words to describe to you how difficult it was for (us) to overcome the effects of Hurricane Ida,” Ardoin said. “Within a few days of the election, we were still trying to find trucks to be able to deliver our voting machines.”
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