LOUISIANA

 

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NOTES:

  1. LA Voter Registration Deadline. Oct 4-14, between 30 and 20 days before Nov 3, 2020.

  2. Stage 2 -- Excuse required with age waiver
  3. Online registration available

FAVORITES:

  1.  Act Blue Directory 

  2. Vote.org -- Everything about every state

  3. Movement.vote/groups/ -- Help local, state orgs get out the vote

  4. Votevets.org -- Vets against voter suppression

  5. Votefwd.org -- Most popular way to volunteer to support getting out the vote

  6. VoteSaveAmerica.com -- Adopt a State

Adrian Perkins for US Senate, currently the Mayor of Shreveport

Vote Vets is a great organization for finding great candidates in all states

Voter Issues

OCTOBER 2020

• Louisiana: A state court has blocked Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin's attempt to limit officials in New Orleans to just two ballot return drop box locations.

 

• Louisiana: A federal judge has ordered Louisiana to reinstate the limited expansions to mail voting it established before the state's summer primaries for the November general election, which allowed those at greater risk for COVID-19 to request absentee ballots instead of only elderly voters and those with limited other excuses. Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says he will not appeal.

AUGUST 2020

• Louisiana: Voting rights advocates have filed a new federal lawsuit in Louisiana asked that the state's excuse requirement to vote absentee be waived after two similar suits were dismissed in June. The plaintiffs, who include the NAACP, argue in their newest case that the pandemic has worsened dramatically in the state in the weeks since their earlier challenge was rejected. They want the court to allow excuse-free absentee voting for both the November general election and the December runoff. They're also requesting that early voting be extended from seven days to 13 for both elections.

 

Louisiana: Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards says he won't sign a new election plan proposed by Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin that would keep in place the state's requirement that voters under age 65 present a specific excuse to request an absentee ballot and would only expand eligibility to those who have documentation that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (note that we previously said incorrectly that Edwards did not have the power to veto this plan). The latest GOP plan is more limited than the exceptions that Ardoin backed in the state's July primary, and the Republican legislature is set to take up the plan this week.

APRIL 2020

 

• Louisiana: Both chambers of Louisiana's heavily Republican legislature have passed a bill in committee to expand early and mail voting for the state’s July 11 elections, which include the presidential primaries and several municipal contests, and for any local runoffs that take place on Aug. 15. The legislation came after Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin submitted a new emergency plan with more limited loosening of the excuse requirement for mail voting, which Ardoin did after GOP lawmakers rejected his first proposal. The AP writes that both chambers are expected to pass the bill, and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has already said he supports it despite having previously backed Ardoin's broader first proposal.

Instead of effectively waiving the excuse requirement by letting anyone vote absentee due to concerns over coronavirus, the GOP's legislation loosens the requirement only for people in certain medical situations. The bill would also let Ardoin extend early voting from seven days to 13 days and relocate polling places if needed.

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