elections

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana governor vetoes changes to the emergency election plan process

BY: - November 13, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed Wednesday legislation that would have changed the process for implementing an emergency election plan like the one used over the summer to make it easier to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Edwards said he was uncomfortable with provisions of the bill that would have allowed the Legislature to approve an […]

Voter who sued Louisiana for ballot access says voting should always be easy

BY: - November 12, 2020

When Jennifer Harding started caretaking for her mother, father and grandmother in March, she and her family started isolating from the rest of the world. “Before even the stay-at-home order went into place, we took our son out of school,” Harding said. Harding was worried about the safety of her mother, who has post-polio syndrome, […]

Lake Charles voting

Battered by hurricanes and the pandemic, Lakes Charles headed to polls on Election Day

BY: - November 4, 2020

Zoe Glaspie wasn’t able to get up and go just down the road to vote like most people this year. She and her family had to drive over two hours and 140 miles to reach their polling location. Glaspie lives in Lake Charles, but for the past month, her family has been crashing with relatives […]

326,000 remain in dark two days after Hurricane Zeta

BY: - October 30, 2020

Two days after Hurricane Zeta hit the state with 110 mph winds, an estimated 326,000 customers in Louisiana remained without electricity Friday morning, down from a peak outage of more than half a million. A large percentage of those outages are in Jefferson Parish, where about 72 percent remained without power, Gov. John Bel Edwards […]

Polling places may be relocated due to Zeta

BY: - October 29, 2020

State and local officials are working to figure out how much damage Hurricane Zeta caused to polling locations across Southeast Louisiana and if any need to be relocated ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election.  The Category 2 storm made landfall in Cocodrie, an unincorporated fishing village in Terrebonne Parish about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. […]

Governor vetoes bill that sought to prohibit election grant money

BY: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited local election officials from using nonprofit grant money to pay for election-related expenses.  House Bill 51, introduced by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sought to prohibit registrars of voters and clerks of court from accepting grant money from private individuals […]

Sharon Hewitt

Bill is overhauled to streamline emergency election plans and expand early voting

BY: - October 20, 2020

A bill that initially would have removed the governor’s power to veto emergency election plans underwent wholesale changes Tuesday with an amendment that would retain the governor’s veto power and streamline the process Louisiana uses to provide special accommodations for voters during an emergency. The bill also seeks to expand early voting locations. With no […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

Early voting begins in Louisiana

BY: - October 16, 2020

The early voting period for the November election began at 8 a.m. Friday morning, and reports of long lines and people waiting several hours to vote were reported across the state, including Shreveport, Monroe, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Dale Sibley the Caddo Parish Registrar of Voters, told the Shreveport Times, “Turnout has been tremendous,” […]

COMMENTARY

Republican ‘hyper partisan’ attempt to curtail governor’s power could decrease access to the polls

BY: - October 16, 2020

When state Sen. Sharon Hewitt was taking questions from her Senate colleagues Oct. 1 about a bill she’d drafted to weaken the governor’s role in establishing an emergency election plan, Sen. Regina Barrow asked Hewitt point blank, “Is this a method to try to suppress the vote?”   Though Hewitt, a Slidell Republican, had previously expressed […]

Tuesday is the last day Louisianians can register for next month’s election

BY: - October 12, 2020

Louisianians who intend to vote in the November 3 election must register online by Tuesday to cast their ballots.  Early voting begins Friday and ends Oct. 27, one week before Election Day. The online platform, available at www.GeauxVote.com, is the only way at this point residents can register to vote or change their registration information.  […]

Jeff Landry

Louisiana attorney general blocked millions in grant money awarded to parish clerks

BY: - October 9, 2020

Correction: A previous version of this story quoted Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Central, but Rep. Ivey was not at Wednesday’s House and Governmental Affairs Committee. During that meeting, his name was incorrectly displayed at another lawmaker’s seat on the dais. Parishes across Louisiana, including those devastated by Hurricane Laura, were forced to reject millions in grant […]

Sharon Hewitt

Bill that would block governor’s ability to veto emergency election plan passes committee

BY: - September 30, 2020

A state senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would eliminate the governor’s veto power on proposed emergency election plans. Senate Bill 20, introduced by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, would establish an “Emergency Election Commission” made up of eight legislators (at least two Republicans and two Democrats), the secretary of state, and the governor. Each […]