Julia O’Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
OCT 26, 2018 – 12:33 PM
This is the third article in a three-part series examining how Louisiana’s secretary of state candidates feel about recent trends in election laws, namely those that have become popular in other conservative states. You can read the first story and second story in the series.
As states have updated their voting laws, conservatives have targeted two areas — early and absentee voting and removing inactive voters from the rolls.
Louisiana hasn’t adopted any such measures – or any other voting restriction for that matter – making it unique among its neighbors in the Deep South.
Five of the six major candidates running for Louisiana secretary of state, chosen based on their campaign fundraising, were asked about early voting rules and whether voter rolls should be purged. Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud could not be reached for comment.
The secretary of state can’t change voting laws unilaterally, but could push the Louisiana Legislature for new voting restrictions if he or she wanted.
24 states made it harder to vote. Will Louisiana be next?