Voting Access

COMMENTARY

Louisiana has a voting access problem; expanding the number of voting days could help | Valencia Richardson & Candice Battiste

BY: and - May 24, 2021

Louisiana has a voting access problem, particularly in areas where Black voters reside. But one bill before the Louisiana Legislature, HB 286 sponsored by Rep. Frederick Jones (D-Monroe), would address this problem by increasing access to in-person voting and extending from seven days to 11 eleven days the window for early voting in presidential elections.  […]

Early voting begins Friday for state Senate primary

Early voting begins Friday for state Senate primary

BY: - May 24, 2021

Early voting begins Friday, May 28, for the state Senate District 7 special primary election for the seat that was left vacant when U.S. Rep. Troy Carter was elected to Congress. Early voting will begin Friday and continue for an entire week through Saturday, June 5. The polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to […]

Louisiana Legislature passes bill to prohibit election donations

Legislature passes second attempt to prohibit election donations

BY: - May 20, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses — a measure that Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed last year. House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), is the second attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Louisiana Supreme Court could gain 2 more seats

BY: - May 19, 2021

A bill that would change the number of Louisiana Supreme Court justices from seven to nine and require that each district be equal in population cleared a House and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 163, co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick McMath (R-Covington) and Sen. Jimmy Harris (D-New Orleans), is a proposed constitutional amendment that […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

House passes second version of vetoed elections bill

BY: - May 5, 2021

For the second consecutive legislative session, on Tuesday the Louisiana House passed an elections bill that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses. Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sponsored last year’s legislation, which Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed, and is sponsoring this year’s bill, […]

Louisiana Senate passes voting machines bill

BY: - April 29, 2021

The Louisiana Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would create a new voting commission to oversee the Louisiana secretary of state’s purchases of voting machines. Senate Bill 221, sponsored by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, would establish the Voting System Commission within the Louisiana Department of State “for the purpose of independently reviewing any proposals […]

Louisiana lawmakers consider letting people convicted of felonies serve on juries

BY: - April 23, 2021

The Louisiana House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice voted 6-4 Thursday to allow some people convicted of felonies to serve on juries. The legislation has now been forwarded to the full House for consideration. Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, is sponsoring the bill. If passed, people who were convicted of felonies would be […]

Voting machine bill passes Senate committee

Voting machine bill advances after residents pushing conspiracies descend on Senate committee

BY: - April 20, 2021

A bill that proposes a new method of procuring Louisiana’s voting machine systems and strips the Louisiana Secretary of State of some autonomy cleared its first major hurdle on Tuesday, advancing out of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee with unanimous approval following hours of conspiracy-riddled testimony from a group of mostly Shreveport residents. Senate […]

Georgia voting law pummeled at U.S. Senate hearing on ‘Jim Crow 2021’

BY: - April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—Georgia’s new voting law was at the center of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where senators discussed restoration of a key section in the Voting Rights Act that would prevent states, mostly in the South, from changing their election laws without federal approval. During the more than four-hour hearing, witnesses opposed to the sweeping […]

Voting machine bill passes Senate committee

Secretary Kyle Ardoin forms non-elected commission to oversee Louisiana elections

BY: - April 8, 2021

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has formed a commission of non-elected officials to provide an overview of the state’s election processes. The Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting will hold its first meeting after the conclusion of the 2021 regular legislative session, which ends June 10. “Despite the challenges brought on by natural […]

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box.   The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way for voting […]

Biden slams ‘un-American’ GOP drive to curb voting rights in the states

BY: - March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.” Biden specifically referenced proposals like those working their way through Georgia’s state Capitol, where the House and Senate on Thursday approved a […]