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Louisiana

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: : Louisiana does not usually offer no-excuse absentee voting, but for the July and August primary elections, the legislature passed a bill in April for several coronavirus-related reasons

  • These include being at high-risk or under isolation or quarantine, experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or caring for someone under quarantine or isolation
     

  • Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, introduced a bill to extend mail-in voting to all Louisiana residents, but it died in a House committee

  • In June, the Secretary of State briefed lawmakers on why approximately 300,000 voters were left off a mailing list detailing that they could vote absentee in the July primary.

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt

Louisiana

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 3%     2018: 3%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee Voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

No – Valid reasons for voting absentee include: out of town on Election Day, hospitalized on Election Day, jailed but not convicted of a felony, participating in Louisiana’s Address Confidentiality Program, are 65 years or older, or are disabled or in a nursing home.

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Voters who have not voted in the parish before are not eligible to vote by mail, unless an exception applies (students, seniors, and military) – voting in person requires a photo ID

  • Witness signature

  • Verification of signature

  • If most members on the counting board believe that the ballot is not legitimate, the ballot is not counted

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballot must arrive the day before Election Day, or on the day of if the voter is hospitalized.

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

Yes - Early voting begins 14 days before and ends 7 days before Election Day, excluding Sundays and legal holidays

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

You can find more information by clicking here

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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