x
Breaking News
More () »

No Louisiana emergency virus plan expected for fall election

only a tiny percentage of voters used the last COVID-19 emergency rules to submit absentee ballots
Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN
Voters cast their ballots for Early Voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's secretary of state won’t seek to expand absentee-by-mail voting or increase the early voting period for the fall elections despite the latest COVID-19 surge. The state has offered more ways for people to absentee vote in a half-dozen elections since the pandemic began and boosted early voting days for some elections. But Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Wednesday he doesn’t intend to submit an emergency pandemic plan for the Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 elections. He said only a tiny percentage of voters used the last COVID-19 emergency rules to submit absentee ballots, and he added vaccines are now widely available. 

► Get breaking news from your neighborhood delivered directly to you by downloading the new FREE WWL-TV News app now in the IOS App Store or Google Play.