The Secretary of State's Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving and Acadian Days. The office will re-open on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. Early voting will re-open on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. For museum closures, view Holiday Museum Closures under News & Events.

News & Events

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Nov. 27-28

Delta Music Museum
Nov. 26-28
Dec. 24-26
Dec. 31-Jan. 2, 2015

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum
Nov. 27-29
Dec. 25-27

Louisiana State Cotton Museum
Nov. 27-29
Dec. 25-Jan. 6, 2015

Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Nov. 27-28
Dec. 21-Jan. 19. 2015 (closed for cyclical maintenance)

Old Arsenal Museum
Nov. 27-29
Dec. 24-27
Jan. 1-3, 2015

Tioga Heritage Park and Museum
Nov. 27-29
Dec. 25-27
Jan. 1-3, 2015
EARLY VOTING BEGINS SATURDAY, RUNS THROUGH NOV. 29TH

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianians eligible to vote in the General Congressional Election set for December 6th to consider voting early. Early voting begins this Saturday, November 22nd and continues through Saturday, November 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, November 23rd, Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th.

“Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, early voting is shortened by two days for this election,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminded voters. “This is always a busy time of year with families traveling and time off of work, but it’s important not to forget about the December 6th election, especially with the congressional runoffs as well as many important local races. By casting your ballot early, you can vote on your own schedule when it’s most convenient. Don’t make excuses. Go vote!”

Voters should utilize Louisiana’s award winning smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts. Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters’ Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx.

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call 225.922.0900.

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  • Dec. 6, 2014
    Open General/Congressional
  • March 28, 2015
    Municipal Primary
  • May 2, 2015
    Municipal General
  • Oct. 24, 2015
    Gubernatorial Primary
  • Nov. 21, 2015
    Gubernatorial General
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE TODAY FOR DEC. 6TH ELECTION

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisianians that the deadline to register to vote in the December 6th General Congressional Election is today, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH. This deadline is for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.

“We saw a strong turnout of registered Louisiana voters for yesterday’s Congressional Primary Election which is always encouraging,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “I am pleased that so many citizens made an effort to vote and hope that they will do the same next month.”

Citizens can to vote online at www.GeauxVote.com; at your parish’s Registrar of Voters Office; while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries; or by mail.

After registering to vote, citizens should download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app. The app provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots, polling place information and election results.

Early voting is scheduled for Saturday, November 22-29th for the December 6th runoffs (excluding Sunday). For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call 225.922.0900.

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November 3, 2014

ELECTION DAY REMINDERS

Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds everyone that TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH is Election Day across the state. Eligible voters will be casting ballots for Congressional Primary elections, 14 constitutional amendments and an assortment of local races and propositions beginning at 6:00 A.M.

In preparation for Tuesday’s election activities, Secretary Schedler is encouraging voters to remember:

  • Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 8:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
  • Sample ballots can be reviewed by downloading the GeauxVote Mobile app for smartphones or by visiting www.sos.la.gov. The ballot is extremely long this election, so being familiar with the issues/candidates is important and will save voters time at the polls.
  • Voters can also sign up for text alerts via the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app.
  • Voters should bring an ID with them to vote (Louisiana Driver’s License, Louisiana Special ID card or another generally recognized picture identification card with your name and signature such as a passport). Voters without an ID will be required to fill out an affidavit, but will be allowed to vote.
  • Election results can be viewed in real-time via the GeauxVote Mobile app and the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.la.gov.

“We anticipate a strong turnout on Tuesday across the state,” says Secretary of State Tom Schedler.  “This is an election like no other for Louisiana in terms of the size of the election, the anticipated turnout and the national media attention surrounding our U.S. Senate race. I encourage everyone to go exercise their right to vote and to educate themselves on the candidates and the issues before going to the polls so we can minimize wait times. Every vote counts, so Geaux Vote!”

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View early voting statistics.

Note: Statistics will periodically change as mail ballots are received and entered.
Oct. 28, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: SECRETARY OF STATE TO TEST ELECTION RESULTS

Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office will test its electronic election results system THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30th at 3 p.m. CST. During the test period, mock results will be displayed on the secretary of state website. THESE ELECTION RESULTS ARE ONLY FOR TESTING PURPOSES AND DO NOT REFLECT ANY ACTUAL RESULTS.

Media outlets are STRONGLY urged to test their election night graphics, websites and broadcast systems so that any technical issues can be identified and remedied with assistance from the secretary of state’s IT staff prior to election night. If any issues are encountered, please notify the Communications Office immediately.

Additionally, media outlets that signed up for XML results should have received their username and password last week and requests for seats at the Electronic Registration Information Network (ERIN) close TODAY.

The Secretary and his staff look forward to working with all of you through election night!

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Oct. 24, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: SECRETARY OF STATE TOM SCHEDLER TO ADDRESS PRESS CLUB

BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Tom Schedler is the guest speaker at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, Oct. 27. Secretary Schedler will discuss the Nov. 4 Congressional Primary and why it is an election like no other. Topics will include early voting and registration statistics, anticipated voter turnout based on historical trends and what voters need to know in order to prepare for Election Day.

Press Club meets on Mondays in the Iberville Room of the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel located at 102 France Street in Baton Rouge. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. at a cost of $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

The Press Club is open to the public, but only members of the Press Club and members of the news media are allowed to ask questions during the Q-and-A portion of the program.

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EARLY VOTING BEGINS OCT. 21, RUNS THROUGH OCT. 28

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianians eligible to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 4th Congressional Primary Election to consider voting early. Early voting begins on Tuesday, Oct. 21st and continues through Tuesday, Oct. 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, Oct. 26th.

“This election has garnered a lot of interest throughout the state and early voting is a great way to conveniently cast your ballot,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “The ballot is extremely long so voters should do their homework, especially reading the 14 constitutional amendments, before going to early vote. A great resource for doing that is our GeauxVote Mobile app. By casting your ballot early, you can vote on your own schedule when it’s most convenient. Don’t make excuses. Go vote!”

Voters should utilize Louisiana’s award winning smartphone application, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts.

Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters’ Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx.

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call 225.922.0900.

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VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE MONDAY FOR NOV. 4 ELECTION

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisianians that the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 Open Primary/Congressional election is Monday, Oct. 6. This deadline is for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.

“Registration in Louisiana is robust with 85 percent of eligible citizens registered to vote,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “I always encourage citizens to register, but I also want to stress the importance of checking your registration if you’re already registered to make sure your address is up to date and your status is active.”

Citizens can easily and quickly register to vote online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.GeauxVote.com. In addition, registration is available at each parish Registrar of Voters Office; while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries; and by mail.

After registering to vote or confirming your registration, download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app. The app provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots and polling place information.

“I am urging voters to view their sample ballot prior to voting due to the high number of races and candidates this year,” said Secretary Schedler. “There are more than 2,400 candidate races, 108 propositions and 14 constitutional amendments statewide, so studying your ballot ahead of election day will be critical.”

Early voting is scheduled for Oct. 21-28 for the Nov. 4 primary election. For more information, visit www.GeauxVote.com.

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SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE TO HOST GEAUXVOTE TRAINING SESSIONS FOR VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND SENIOR CITIZENS

BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s Office will host training sessions for veterans with disabilities, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens throughout Louisiana from Sept. 22 through Oct. 10. The sessions will include information on registering to vote and voting as well as accessible voting machine demonstrations.

The schedule of events is as follows:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 1-2:30 p.m.
    Shreve Memorial Library, Broadmoor Branch
    1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m.
    Ouachita Parish Public Library, Main Branch
    1800 Stubbs Ave., Monroe
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 from 2-3:30 p.m.
    St. Tammany Parish Library, Covington Branch
    310 W. 21st Ave., Covington
  • Friday, Oct. 3 from 2-3:30 p.m.
    Advocacy Center
    8325 Oak St., New Orleans
  • Monday, Oct. 6 from 9:30-11 a.m.
    Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library
    9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 from 9:30-11 a.m.
    Westside Regional Library
    5416 Provine Place, Alexandria
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 from 2-3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Memorial Library
    411 Pujo St., Lake Charles
  • Friday, Oct. 10 from 9:30-11 a.m.
    Cajun Area Agency on Aging
    110 Toledo Drive, Lafayette

An interpreter will be available. Please request other accommodations at least 48 hours in advance. For more information about these trainings, or for elections related information, contact the Elections Division at 225.922.0900, via email at elections@sos.la.gov or visit www.GeauxVote.com.  

QUALIFYING BEGINS WEDNESDAY FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds everyone that qualifying begins for the November Congressional Primary on Wednesday, August 20th and runs through Friday, August 22nd.

All candidates for local municipal races will qualify with their parish Clerk of Court. All candidates for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Public Service Commission will qualify at the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office located at 8585 Archives Ave. in Baton Rouge. Hours of operation for the Secretary of State are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Check with your local Clerk of Court specific parishes.

The media is invited to attend qualifying at the Secretary of State’s Office and will have the opportunity to interview/photograph candidates as they file their paperwork.

Once qualified, candidates will appear on the Secretary of State’s website in real-time under “Elections & Voting”, “Get Election Information”, “Search for Candidates,” or by clicking on the link below:

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/SearchForCandidates/Pages/default.aspx

The Fall Congressional Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and the Fall Congressional General Election will be held on Saturday, December 6th.  For more information on qualifying, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.la.gov.

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SCHEDLER ASCENDS TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

BATON ROUGE, La.—Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler received the votes of his colleagues to become President-elect on the 2014-15 Executive Board of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Secretary Schedler has served on NASS’s board since 2013 and will assume the presidency in 2015-16.

“I am honored to continue serving NASS in a leadership role,” said Secretary Schedler. “Louisiana is on the forefront with many of our policies and practices, and I look forward to sharing these ideas to assist other states.”

The national officers of the NASS Executive Board through July 2015 include:
  • President: Hon. Kate Brown, Oregon
  • Immediate Past President: Hon. Tre Hargett, Tennessee
  • President-elect: Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana
  • Treasurer: Hon. Denise Merrill, Connecticut
  • Secretary: Hon. Jim Condos, Vermont
  • Eastern Region Vice-President: Hon. Matt Dunlap, Maine
  • Southern Region Vice-President: Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina
  • Midwestern Region Vice-President: Hon. Connie Lawson, Indiana
  • Western Region Vice-President: Hon. Kim Wyman, Washington
  • Member-at-Large (ACR Section): Hon. Jeff Bullock, Delaware
  • Member-at-Large (NPA Section): Hon. Mark Martin, Arkansas
Also discussed during the summer conference was the importance of state archives. Secretary Schedler moderated the “Docs That Rock: A Closer Look at Storytelling and Public Outreach with State Archives Treasures” session sharing practices highlighting outreach efforts and the pieces of history that define each state’s unique heritage.

NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services and digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is notifying all business owners to be cautious when receiving correspondence concerning annual reports. Below is the official Annual Report Renewal Notice from the Louisiana Department of State Commercial Division. Also below is an annual minutes form from Corporate Records Service. Corporate Records Service is not affiliated or associated with Louisiana state government in any way. It is a private company, and Louisiana corporations are not required to report to or have any dealing with this company at all. Any reports sent to Corporate Records Service will not fulfill the annual report that is due to the Department of State under Louisiana law.

As a reminder, our office offers an email notification system aimed at protecting Louisiana business owners from fraud and identity theft. Anyone can subscribe to the system which generates messages regarding changes to commercial entities, non-governmental correspondence, office closures and most importantly, warnings involving possible fraudulent activity.

For more information, contact a Commercial Division staff member at 225.925.4704 or via email.

Annual Report Renewal Notice from Department of State
Annual Records Solicitation Form from Corporate Records Service
View Acts of the 2014 Regular Session of the Legislature on the Obtain Publications page by scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting the Excel file titled "Acts2014.xls" under Bills to Acts.

BLUE DOG RETURNS TO THE STATE ARCHIVES

BATON ROUGE, La.—Visitors to the Louisiana State Archives will have a chance to view a collection of iconic Blue Dog artwork by acclaimed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue beginning Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and running through Monday, June 30, 2014. The month long exhibit will include several original Rodrigue paintings.

“The Blue Dog is such a beloved figure in our state and the Archives is grateful for the generosity of the George Rodrigue Foundation for bringing this exhibit back to Baton Rouge after first displaying it in the capital city in 2001,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “I am certain Blue Dog enthusiasts from across the state will be drawn to the Archives so they can intimately experience the unmistakable work of George Rodrigue for themselves and we welcome their visit.”

"My family and I are excited to have the opportunity to display Dad's work in Baton Rouge again,” said Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. “Exhibits like this help further the arts in education initiatives of our foundation and we hope students in the area are able to take advantage of the chance to see original Rodrigue work. It will likely be many years before the Baton Rouge area will have the chance to see a collection of paintings like this again."

As part of its outreach activities for the Blue Dog exhibit, the Archives will host Miss USA, Miss Louisiana and several of the 2014 Miss USA contestants on Thursday, May 29th in cooperation with Visit Baton Rouge as a part of their pageant activities. The private event, which is open to members of the media, will begin at 2:00 pm and conclude at 3:00 p.m.

For the event on the 29th, the “Blue Dog Piano” will also be on display. The one-of-a-kind restored Steinway piano was used by Rodrigue as a canvas to generate interest for his George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. Harold Mims, a PhD student at Louisiana State University School of Music, studying music composition and jazz studies, will perform on the Blue Dog Steinway for the Miss USA contestants. He is founder of HCM Music & Publishing and services clients as an arranger, composer, orchestrator, keyboardist, educator and producer. Additionally, LSU School of Music brass students will also be performing during the ceremony.

The Louisiana State Archives is dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving and maintaining records and artifacts that enhance our state’s remarkable history. It is located at 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The Archives is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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The annual Voter Registration Week will be observed statewide from May 12-16, 2014. Below is a comprehensive listing of scheduled activities. The list will be revised as information is received from each parish registrar of voters. For more information, contact your parish registrar of voters.

Secretary of State's Voter Outreach Division

  • Wednesday, May 14 from 7:10 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
    Belaire High School, 12121 Tams Dr., Baton Rouge
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Southern University Laboratory School, 129 Swan St., Baton Rouge

Assumption Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 8:30-10 a.m.
    Bayou L'Ourse Supermarket
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9-10:30 a.m.
    Big B's Supermarket
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 10-11:30 a.m.
    Pierre Part Library
  • Thursday, May 15 from 8-9 a.m.
    Robert's Food Store
  • Friday, May 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.
    Payless Supermarket

Bienville Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 9-9:30 a.m.
    Castor Branch Library
  • Monday, May 12 from 10:15-10:45 a.m.
    Saline Branch Library
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9:15-10:30 a.m.
    Ringgold Branch Library
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    VF Factory Outlet Mall

Bossier Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m.
    Haughton Library, 116 W. McKinley St., Haughton
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 2-4 p.m.
    Plain Dealing Library, 208 E. Mary Lee St., Plain Dealing
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Aulds Library, 3920 Wayne Ave., Bossier City
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 1-2:30 p.m.
    Koran Library, 5413 Hwy. 527, Haughton
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9-11:30 a.m.
    Northwest LA Veteran's Home, 3130 Arthur Ray Teague Pky., Bossier City
  • Thursday, May 15 from 1-3 p.m.
    Central Library, 2600 Beckett St., Bossier City

Caddo Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 9-11 a.m.
    Mooretown Branch Library, 4360 Hollywood Ave.
  • Monday, May 12 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Hollywood/Union Branch Library, 2105 Hollywood Ave.
  • Monday, May 12 from 2-4 p.m.
    Wallette Branch Library, 363 Hearne Ave.
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9-11 a.m.
    Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch Library, 8303 Line Ave.
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Hamilton/South Caddo Branch Library, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 2-4 p.m.
    Broadmoor Resource Center, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr.
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9-11 a.m.
    North Caddo/Vivian Branch Library, 615 North Pine St., Vivian
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 12-2 p.m.
    North Shreveport Branch Library, 4844 N. Market St.
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    David Raines Center, 2855 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9-11 a.m.
    West Shreveport Branch Library, 4380 Pines Rd.
  • Thursday, May 15 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Atkins Branch Library, 3704 Greenwood Rd.
  • Thursday, May 15 from 2-4 p.m.
    Wallette Branch Library, 363 Hearne Ave.
  • Friday, May 16 from 9-11 a.m.
    Hollywood/Union Branch Library, 2105 Hollywood Ave.
  • Friday, May 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Mooretown Branch Library, 4360 Hollywood Ave.
  • Friday, May 16 from 2-4 p.m.
    Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch Library, 8303 Line Ave.

Calcasieu Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 9-11 a.m.
    Multi-Purpose Complex, 1221 Sampson St., Westlake
  • Monday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m.
    Magnolia Life Building, 1011 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9-10:30 a.m.
    Lake Charles City Hall, 326 Pujo St., Lake Charles
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9-11:30 a.m.
    West Calcasieu Business Center, 500 N. Huntington St., Sulphur
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 2-4 p.m.
    Central Public Library, 301 West Claude St., Lake Charles
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9-11 a.m.
    Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, 1000 Ryan St., Lake Charles
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 2-4 p.m.
    Goodwill Industries, 3004 Hwy 14 E., Lake Charles
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9-11 a.m.
    VF Factory Outlet, 800 Factory Outlet Dr., Iowa
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9-11:30 a.m.
    West Calcasieu Business Center, 500 N. Huntington St., Sulphur
  • Thursday, May 15 from 2-4 p.m.
    Books A Million, 2934 Ryan St., Lake Charles
  • Friday, May 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Christus St. Patrick Hospital, 524 Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr., Lake Charles
  • Friday, May 16 from 2-4 p.m.
    Book a Million, 2934 Ryan St., Lake Charles

East Baton Rouge Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 4-6 p.m.
    Bluebonnet Library
  • Monday, May 12 from 4-6 p.m.
    Scotlandville Library
  • Monday, May 12 from 4-6 p.m.
    Central Library
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9-11 a.m.
    Carver Library
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 4-6 p.m.
    Goodwood Library
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9-11 a.m.
    Pride-Chaneyville Library
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m.
    Jones Creek Library
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m.
    Greenwell Springs Library
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m.
    Zachary Library
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9-11 a.m.
    Delmont Library
  • Thursday, May 15 from 4-6 p.m.
    Fairwood Library
  • Thursday, May 15 from 4-6 p.m.
    Baker Library
  • Friday, May 16 from 9-11 a.m.
    Eden Park Library

Grant Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 9-11 a.m.
    Montgomery Town Hall & Library
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Colfax Town Hall, Colfax Library, & Grant Parish Health Unit
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9-11 a.m.
    Dry Prong Town Hall & Library
  • Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Grant Parish Courthouse Foyer
  • Friday, May 16 from 9-11 a.m.
    Pollock Town Hall & Library

Iberville Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Iberville Parish Registrar of Voters Office
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Iberville Parish Registrar of Voters Office
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Iberville Parish Registrar of Voters Office
  • Thursday, May 15 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Iberville Parish Registrar of Voters Office
  • Friday, May 16 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Iberville Parish Registrar of Voters Office

Lafayette Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Big Poppa's Fitness Gym, 210 W. Gloria Switch Rd., Lafayette
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Blue Cliff College, 120 James Comeaux Rd., Lafayette
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Southside Library, 6101 Johnston St., Lafayette
  • Thursday, May 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Moss Street Post Office, 1105 Moss St., Lafayette
  • Friday, May 16 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 1010 Lafayette St., Ste. 313, Lafayette
  • Friday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Lafayette Utilities System, 705 W. University Ave., Lafayette
  • Wednesday, May 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    LEDA Job Fair, Cajundome Convention Center, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette

Madison Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 9-10 a.m.
    U.S. Post Office, North Cedar St., Tallulah
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Madison Voluntary Council on Aging
    300 South Elm St., Tallulah
  • Wednesday, May 14
    Morgan's Best Way, 500 Bayou Dr., Tallulah
  • Thursday, May 15 from 8-9 a.m.
    Doug's IGA, 400 East Darrow St., Tallulah
  • Friday, May 16 from 12-1:30 p.m.
    Annual Voter Registration Week Luncheon/Fanfare, Madison Courthouse Building

Orleans Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Landry Walker High School, 1200 L.B. Landry Ave.
  • Monday, May 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    East New Orleans Library, 5641 Read Blvd.
  • Monday, May 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Milton Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Tabernacle Church, 1701 Franklin Ave.
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr.
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Norman Mayer Library, 2098 Foy St.
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St.
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Martin Luther King Library, 1611 Caffin Ave.
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
    Woldenberg Nursing Home, 3701 Behrman Pl.
  • Thursday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Rosa Keller Library, 4300 Broad St.
  • Thursday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Whole Foods Market, 5600 Magazine St.
  • Friday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Lafon Nursing Home, 6900 Chef Menteur Hwy.
  • Friday, May 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Vayla New Orleans, 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy.
Rapides Parish
  • Monday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Main Library, 411 Washington St., Alexandria
  • Monday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Gunter Library, 5630 Holloway Rd., Pineville
  • Monday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Robertson Library, 809 Tioga High School Rd., Ball
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Boyce Library, 500 A. Ulster, Boyce
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Martin Library, 801 W. Shamrock, Pineville
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Johnson Branch, 1610 Charter, Lecompte
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Hineston Library, 1810 Hwy. 121. Hineston
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, 3330 Masonic Dr., Alexandria
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Rapides Regional Medical Center, 211 4th St., Alexandria
  • Thursday, May 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    McDonald Library, 1075 Hwy. 497, Glenmora
  • Thursday, May 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, 3330 Masonic Dr., Alexandria
  • Friday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Westside Library, 5416 Provine Pl., Alexandria
St. Bernard Parish
  • Monday, May 12 from 12-2 p.m.
    St. Bernard Community Center, 1111 Lebeau St., Arabi
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 1-3 p.m.
    Stage Department Store, 8400 West Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Walgreens Drug Store, 4141 East Judge Perez Dr., Meraux
  • Thursday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Walgreens Drug Store, 100 West Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette
  • Friday, May 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    South Lake Food Store, 7532 East Judge Perez Dr., Violet
St. Helena Parish
  • Monday, May 12 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    St. Helena Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 38 Kendrick St. (NFC Building), Greensburg
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 from 9:30-10:20 a.m.
    Audubon Regional Library, 53 S. Main St., Greensburg
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 from 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Amite Plaza, 30006 Hwy 16, Amite
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    St. Helena Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 38 Kendrick St. (NFC Building), Greensburg
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 10-11:00 a.m.
    Dollar General Store, 35705 Hwy 16, Amite (Montpelier)
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 1-2:00 p.m.
    Lee's Grocery, 47785 Hwy 16, Denham Springs (Dennis Mills)
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    St. Helena Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 38 Kendrick St. (NFC Building), Greensburg
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Hatfield's Country Store - 24538 Hwy 43, Greensburg (Easleyville)
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Bebo's, 2938 Hey 38, Kentwood
  • Thursday, May 15 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    St. Helena Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 38 Kendrick St. (NFC Building), Greensburg
  • Thursday, May 15 from 12-1:00 p.m.
    Darlington Grocery, 13827 Hwy 10, Greensburg
  • Friday, May 16 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    St. Helena Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 38 Kendrick St. (NFC Building), Greensburg

Terrebonne Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 9-10:30 a.m.
    The Oaks of Houma, 400 Monarch Drive, Houma
  • Monday, May 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    The Homestead Assisted Living Center, 1132 Cottage Dr., Houma
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Blue Cliff College, 803 Barrow St., Houma
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Chateau-Terrebonne, 1386 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma
  • Thursday, May 15 from 10-11 a.m.
    East Houma Library, 778 Grand Cailou Rd., Houma
  • Friday, May 16 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Registrar of Voters Office, 8026 Main St., Suite 101, Houma

Webster Parish

  • Monday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 410 Main St., Minden
  • Monday, May 12 from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Springhill Council on Aging, 403 W. Church St., Springhill
  • Monday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m.
    Willie & Mary Mack Memorial Branch Library, 217 N. Main St., Springhill
  • Tuesday, May 13 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 410 Main St., Minden
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 410 Main St., Minden
  • Wednesday, May 14 from 1-2 p.m.
    Sheppard Park Village, 1355 Sheppard St., Minden
  • Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 410 Main St., Minden
  • Friday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 410 Main St., Minden

VOTER REGISTRATION WEEK 2014 BEGINS MONDAY

BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Tom Schedler is joining with Registrars of Voters across the state next week in hosting Voter Registration Week activities aimed at registering eligible citizens to vote. Voter Registration Week activities by parish can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.la.gov/Pages/NewsAndEvents.aspx#faq63.

“Our voter registration statistics are some of the most robust in the nation,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “Approximately 84% of our eligible citizens are already registered, but we always have a batch of young people that are about to turn 18 years of age as well as new residents who may have recently moved to Louisiana who need to register. This week is the perfect time to get informed, check your registration status, and if you’re not already registered, get registered.”

Louisiana was one of the first states in the nation to implement an easy, convenient on-line voter registration portal. Citizens with a valid Louisiana driver’s license can register online 24 hours a day 7 days a week from the convenience of their home or office by visiting: www.GeauxVote.com.

Additionally, residents of Louisiana can register in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office, when they apply for/renew their driver’s license at any Office of Motor Vehicles or when obtaining services at public assistance agencies and armed forces recruitment offices. Citizens wishing to register by mail can complete an application which can be found at www.GeauxVote.com, at public libraries or through registration drives.

To register and vote in Louisiana individuals must be: A U.S. Citizen; At least 17 years old to register and 18 years old prior to the next election to vote; Not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony Not under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights; and A resident in the state and parish in which you seek to register and vote.

“Voter Registration Week is also an excellent time for all citizens to become educated on the election process in Louisiana and pledge their participation on each and every Election Day,” said Secretary Schedler. “Our Honor Vets…Vote program allows voters to dedicate their vote in any election to a current or former member of the military as a symbolic gesture of appreciation for their service.”

For more information on the Honor Vets…Vote program visit http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/OnlineVoterRegistration.aspx.

Elections this Saturday in 35 parishes

BATON ROUGE, La.—Members of the media are reminded that municipal general elections will be held this Saturday, May 3rd in 35 parishes across the state.  Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

Below are several reminders to assist in your coverage of Election Day activities and results: 
  • Remind voters to download our GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app to sign up for Election Day text notifications, find polling locations, review sample ballots and monitor election results in real-time.
  • Sample ballots are also available via our website at www.sos.la.gov.
  • Real-time election results will be posted to our website in several formats. (Graphical, Text and Mobile) Graphical results will not display for Apple users.
  • Allow three to five minutes between refreshing the results site for optimal functionality. (Remember, the results must be transported from the polling locations to the Clerk of Court’s office and downloaded before populating our website.)

The 35 parishes holding elections on Saturday include: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Desoto, East Baton Rouge, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Lasalle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin,  St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Feliciana, and Winn.

April 8, 2014

LOUISIANA OUTPACES NATION IN ELECTION PERFORMANCE

BATON ROUGE, La.—Louisiana does a better job administering elections than most other states across the nation according to The Pew Charitable Trusts’ latest Election Performance Index. Between the 2008 Presidential Election and the 2012, Louisiana’s election performance improved by 6 percentage points compared to the nations’ overall improvement of just 4.4 percentage points.

“This kind of recognition is vitally important to Louisiana because it confirms what we know to be true, our state is leading the way when it comes to the integrity of our election process,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “In this report, Pew specifically mentions the innovations Louisiana has fostered including our nationally recognized mobile phone app and website, GeauxVote, and the positive impacts both have made in getting information to voters on Election Day. I am very proud of our ranking and our success.” =

The Pew Election Performance Index measures election administration using indicators including data completeness, availability of voting information tools online, voter turnout, rejection of military and overseas ballots, and accuracy of voting technology. It allows for comparisons to be made among all 50 states surrounding how elections are conducted.

Overall, 40 states and the District of Columbia improved their scores between 2008 and 2012, while 21 states, including Louisiana, saw growth at a pace greater than the national average. Ten states saw declines in their overall performance. Overall, Louisiana ranked 18th in the nation.

“We know common-sense solutions to improve elections exist. States are pioneering innovations that make a real difference in the efficiency and accuracy of their elections operations while also saving money,” said David Becker, director of Pew’s election initiatives project. “The Election Performance Index allows policy makers to pinpoint what’s working while also identifying areas where improvement is needed.

Louisiana was commended by Pew for several of its elections initiatives including online voter registration which was added in 2010 as well as the state’s use of technology to aid voters. Notably, Pew recognized Louisiana’s GeauxVote website and mobile phone app as excellent examples of tools voters can use to access registration and other election information. The state was also one of only six states to submit 100% of the data tracked in the index to the Election Assistance Commission in both presidential years.

Areas noted for improvement in Louisiana included the rate of mail ballots unreturned. However Secretary Schedler noted a discrepancy in the data that may have led to an incorrect conclusion about the state’s performance. In 2008 Louisiana’s policies mandated that multiple ballots be sent to voters requesting to vote by mail. Each piece of paper was counted by the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) in calculating Louisiana’s return rate. In 2012, Louisiana only sent one assembled ballot to the same voters in an effort to streamline the process and in turn, significantly impacted the data submitted to the EAC.

“At the end of the day, we believe we did the right thing in Louisiana by consolidating our ballots and sending voters less paper,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “But on this survey, it seems like it may have counted against us. I agree with Pew’s assessment that there are many legitimate reasons for changes in return rates, and we have appropriately investigated this instance and come to a reasonable conclusion that our actions in fact assisted voters.”

A full copy of the Pew report on Election Performance as well as interactive tools can be found at www.pewstates.com.

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April 3, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: ELECTIONS THIS SATURDAY IN 34 PARISHES

BATON ROUGE, La.—Members of the media are reminded that municipal primary elections will be held this Saturday, April 5th in 34 parishes across the state. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

Below are several reminders to assist in your coverage of Election Day activities and results:

  • Remind voters to download our GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app to sign up for Election Day text notifications, find polling locations, review sample ballots and monitor election results in real-time.
  • Sample ballots are also available via our website at www.sos.la.gov.
  • Real-time election results will be posted to our website in several formats. (Graphical, Text and Mobile) Graphical results will not display for Apple users.
  • Allow three to five minutes between refreshing the results site for optimal functionality. (Remember, the results must be transported from the polling locations to the Clerk of Court’s office and downloaded before populating our website.)

The following 34 parishes will be holding elections on Saturday: Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll and Winn.

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March 20, 2014

UPDATED: EARLY VOTING BEGINS SATURDAY FOR APRIL 5th ELECTION

***CORRECTION: THERE ARE ELECTIONS IN ONLY 34 OF 64 PARISHES ON APRIL 5TH. A FULL LIST IS UPDATED BELOW.***

BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds all registered voters eligible to vote in the April 5th spring municipal election to consider voting early starting this Saturday. Early voting begins Saturday, March 22nd and continues through Saturday, March 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, March 23rd.

Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters’ Office or at other designated locations including the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx. Voters can also utilize the Secretary of State’s smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, as well as GeauxVote.com to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts.

As a reminder, on Saturday, April 5th, elections will be held in 34 of the state’s 64 parishes: Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll and Winn.

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March 14, 2014

NOLA GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION THIS SATURDAY: POLLS OPEN AT 7 A.M.

BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds Orleans Parish voters that the General Municipal election will be held in New Orleans this Saturday, March 15, 2014. POLLS OPEN AT 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

“There are very important local issues on the ballot for this election,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “I encourage voters to get to the polls, cast their ballot and make their voice heard in their communities. It is vital that we all exercise our right to vote each and every time we can.”

In addition to election day information which can be easily accessed via the Web, election night results can also be found on the Secretary of State’s website, posted in real-time, at www.sos.la.gov. Additionally, the GeauxVote Mobile app also provides individualized polling locations, sample ballots as well as election results.

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March 6, 2014

SCHEDLER IN LINE TO LEAD NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

BATON ROUGE, La.—Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is quickly ascending in the ranks of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). During its annual Winter Conference, NASS President Tre Hargett of Tennessee appointed Schedler to serve as Treasurer, placing him in line to assume the presidency of the organization in 2015-16. Schedler has been serving as the Secretary of NASS since 2013.

“Tom has established great working relationships with members from across the country and is viewed as a mentor and valued resource for guidance and information,” said NASS President Tre Hargett. “Many of the innovative initiatives being implemented in Louisiana including the award-winning GeauxVote Mobile app, online voter registration and emergency preparedness as it relates to elections are of great interest to other Secretaries of State and their staffs. One of Tom’s best assets is his willingness to share those ideas and information for the betterment of all.”

“I am certainly humbled to be recognized by my colleagues with this leadership role,” said Secretary Schedler. “It is a testament to Louisiana’s robust election laws as well as our focus on serving the business community through our Commercial Division. I look forward to this experience as a way to enhance our state’s efforts through sharing best practices and building relationships across the country.”

The national officers serving on the NASS Executive Board through July, 2014 include:
President: Hon. Tre Hargett, Tennessee
President-elect: Hon. Kate Brown, Oregon
Immediate Past President: Hon. Ross Miller, Nevada
Treasurer: Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana
Secretary: Hon. Jason Gant, South Dakota
Eastern Region Vice-President: Hon. Jim Condos, Vermont
Southern Region Vice-President: Hon. Natalie Tennant, West Virginia
Midwestern Region Vice-President: Hon. Connie Lawson, Indiana
Western Region Vice-President: Hon. Kim Wyman, Washington
Member-at-Large (ACR Section): Hon. Matt Dunlap, Maine
Member-at-Large (NPA Section): Hon. Mark Martin, Arkansas

Also highlighted during the winter conference was a report on State Laws & Practices for the Emergency Management of Elections presented by a task force of secretaries of state and elections officials from 24 states including Louisiana. Secretary Schedler co-chaired the task force sharing our state’s expertise in dealing with elections post-Katrina. Schedler was quoted in a Politico article focusing on the report saying in most cases, states can adapt many of their existing elections systems in case of emergency.

“One of the most surprising findings of the task force may be the degree to which states told us they can use their existing absentee, mail and early voting processes to facilitate voting when unforeseen emergencies arise,” Schedler said in the article. “We hope that election officials can learn from each other and use the report to help with their proactive emergency and contingency planning efforts.”

NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services and digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs.

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March 3, 2014

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY FOR APRIL 5th ELECTION

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisianians that the deadline to register to vote in the April 5th municipal primary election is fast approaching. Wednesday, March 5th is the last day to register for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.

“Louisiana’s registration statistics are quite strong with approximately 84 percent of eligible citizens registered,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “However, you can’t vote if you’re not registered so it’s important for everyone to check their status right now and take care of any updates that need to be made. By all means, if you’re not registered, get registered.”

Individuals can register to vote online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.GeauxVote.com. In addition, voter registration opportunities are available at the parish’s Registrar of Voters Office, while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries and by mail. Louisianians can also utilize the Secretary of State’s smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to check the status of their registration, review sample ballots and find polling place information.

The April 5th election will be held in the following 42 parishes: Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Calcasieu, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tensas, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll and Winn.

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Feb. 27, 2014

EARLY VOTING BEGINS SATURDAY FOR MARCH 15th ORLEANS ELECTION

BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds all registered voters eligible to vote in the March 15th Orleans Parish Municipal General election to consider voting early. Early voting begins this Saturday, March 1st and continues through Saturday, March 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 4th.

Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at:

  • Registrar of Voters Office
    1300 Perdido St., Room 1W23
    New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Registrar of Voters Office (Algiers)
    225 Morgan St., Room 105
    New Orleans, LA 70114
  • Voting Machine Warehouse
    8870 Chef Menteur Highway
    New Orleans, LA 70127
  • Regional Transportation Management Center (Saturday only)
    10 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
    New Orleans, LA 70124

Please note that early voting at the Regional Transportation Management Center is on SATURDAYS ONLY.

Voters can also utilize our smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, as well as GeauxVote.com to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts.

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Visit our Candidate Database to view qualified candidates for the April 5 election.
February 12, 2014

QUALIFYING FOR SPRING ELECTIONS DELAYED IN SEVERAL PARISHES

Due to the closure of courthouses as a result of winter weather conditions, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler announces that qualifying for the Spring Municipal Elections, which began today, HAS BEEN SUSPENDED for select Louisiana parishes and will be extended an additional day.

The following 7 parishes HAVE SUSPENDED QUALIFYING on Wednesday, February 12th: Bienville, DeSoto, LaSalle, Ouachita, Richland, Union and West Carroll.

Qualifying will be extended in these parishes on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to make up for the suspension. (NOTE: MONDAY IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY –Presidents’ Day-AND CLERKS OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED, SO NO QUALIFYING)

All other qualifying will be held as normal beginning today, Wednesday, February 12 and ending Friday, February 14th in unaffected areas of the state.  ALL CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL MUNICIPAL RACES QUALIFY WITH THEIR LOCAL CLERK OF COURT. Once qualified, candidates will appear on the Secretary of State’s website under “Elections & Voting”, “Get Election Information”, “Search for Candidates,” or by clicking on the link below.  Spring Municipal Primary Elections will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 and Spring Municipal General Elections will be held on Saturday May 3, 2014. For more information on qualifying, visit the Secretary of State’s website at:

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/SearchForCandidates/Pages/default.aspx

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February 10, 2014

QUALIFYING BEGINS WEDNESDAY FOR SPRING ELECTIONS

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds everyone that qualifying begins for the Spring Municipal Elections on Wednesday, February 12th and runs through Friday, February 14th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. ALL CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL MUNICIPAL RACES WILL QUALIFY WITH THEIR LOCAL CLERK OF COURT. Once qualified, candidates will appear on the Secretary of State’s website under “Elections & Voting”, “Get Election Information”, “Search for Candidates,” or by clicking on the link below.

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/SearchForCandidates/Pages/default.aspx

The following 34 parishes will be qualifying candidates beginning Wednesday: Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Calcasieu, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Richland, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tensas, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll and Winn. A complete listing of races in each parish is attached.

Spring Municipal Primary Elections will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 and Spring Municipal General Elections will be held on Saturday May 3, 2014. For more information on qualifying, visit the Secretary of State’s website at: www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/BecomeACandidate/QualifyForAnElection.

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Election related W2s and 1099s were mailed on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. In accordance with IRS rules, only those who have earned $600 or more will receive a W2 or 1099.
January 31, 2014

NOLA MUNICIPAL PRIMARY ELECTION THIS SATURDAY: POLLS OPEN AT 7 A.M.

BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds Orleans Parish voters that Municipal Primary Elections will be held in New Orleans this Saturday, February 1,2014.  POLLS OPEN AT 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

“This is an important election for the City of New Orleans and we anticipate a lot of election activity,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “I encourage voters to educate themselves before they go to the polls by looking to see what’s on the ballot and double-checking their precinct location.  All of that information can be found using our innovative smart phone app, or by going to our website.  It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s right there in the palm of your hand.”

In addition to Election Day information which can be easily accessed via the web, Election Night results can also be found on the Secretary of State’s website, posted in real-time, at www.sos.la.gov.  Additionally, the GeauxVote Mobile app also provides election results as well.

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January 30, 2014

Secretary of State's Office OPEN in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - Secretary of State Tom Schedler announced late this morning that essential portions of his office will open at 11:00 a.m. to serve business owners and elections officials.  Schedler says a limited number of staff members have volunteered to come to work, despite state office closures, to man his Commercial and Elections Divisions.

Walk-in service for business filings will be available in the Commercial Division until 4:30 and the Elections Division is actively preparing for the Saturday Municipal Elections in Orleans Parish.

“With the weather quickly improving I felt that if businesses across the area could open, then we could open to serve them,” said Schedler.  “Additionally, our elections staff have been working diligently to make sure all is ready for the big election in New Orleans on Saturday.  We couldn’t let the weather get in the way of doing business any longer."

State offices in East Baton Rouge and many other parishes statewide have been closed since Tuesday due to icy conditions.  For additional information or interview requests, call 225-362-5086.

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January 9, 2014

Secretary of State Tom Schedler, New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head and Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson Announce New Early Voting Location in Lakeview

NEW ORLEANS, La.—In advance of the February 1st Orleans Parish Municipal Election early voting period, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head and Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson announced this morning a new early voting location at the Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Boulevard.

Council Vice President Head worked with Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler and New Orleans Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson to establish the new early voting location which will be open on Saturdays only during the early voting period that begins on January 18 and ends on January 25. Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early voting will continue to be held at City Hall, the Algiers Courthouse, and the Voting Machine Warehouse in New Orleans East.

Recognizing the need for an additional early voting location in a convenient and easy to access location on the western side of the City, Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head worked with Secretary of State Tom Schedler and Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson to quickly establish an early voting location that will better serve the Lakefront, Mid-City, Gentilly, and Uptown neighborhoods.

“Voter participation during the early voting period has increased across the state during the last several elections, and New Orleans is no exception,” said Secretary Schedler. “During the 2008 Presidential Election, 10% of registered voters cast a ballot early, but by 2012 that number had doubled to close to 20%. In fact, we’ve seen numbers as high as 38% turnout for early voting in Orleans Parish which supports the push to open this temporary new site. I’m so proud of the collaborative efforts of city and elections officials that resulted in improved services for the voters of New Orleans.”

“Secretary Schedler, Dr. Wilson and I share the collective goal of making early voting as easy and convenient as possible for all New Orleanians,” said Councilmember Head. “The availability of early voting increases participation in the democratic process, relieves congestion at polling stations on election day and allows those who may not be able to vote on set election days due to work, medical procedures, adherence to religious commitments and other obligations to cast their vote at their convenience. I’m thrilled that we are able to offer this additional location for early voting and as always, I encourage all New Orleanians to vote early.”

“As Registrar of Voters, I am extremely pleased to have been a participant in this cooperative effort that creates more opportunities for electors to exercise their right to vote at their convenience and at a location of their choosing,” said Dr. Sandra Wilson. “I truly appreciate the efforts of Secretary Schedler and Councilmember Head in expanding what I like to call ‘convenience voting’.”

“I appreciate Councilmember Head’s leadership in establishing this convenient early voting location in District “A” and enjoyed working with her to pass this through the budget process,” said New Orleans City Councilmember Susan Guidry. “Countless voters throughout the city will benefit from this new service.”

For more information on early voting, visit www.GeauxVote.com.

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January 7, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Announcement of New Early Voting Location for Orleans Parish

Secretary of State Tom Schedler, New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head and Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson will host a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014 to announce a new early voting location at the Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana. Council Vice President Head worked with Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler and New Orleans Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson to establish the new early voting location in an effort to meet the needs of voters in the western portion of parish for the upcoming municipal primary/general election.

WHO: Secretary of State Tom Schedler New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Sandra L. Wilson

WHAT: Announcement of new early voting location

WHERE: Regional Transportation Management Center 10 Veterans Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70124 (off I-10/I-610 split, between West End and Pontchartrain Boulevards)

WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 2014 9:30 a.m.

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Below is a listing of museums and the dates of closure for New Year's.

Delta Music Museum
Monday, Dec. 30

Old Arsenal Museum
Thursday, Jan. 2
Below is a listing of each museum and the dates of closure for the Christmas holidays in addition to Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26

Delta Music Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 27

Eddie G. Robinson Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26
*Open Friday, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 28

Louisiana Military Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 27

Louisiana State Cotton Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 28

Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum
Monday, Dec. 9 through Wednesday, Jan. 1

Mansfield Female College Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 27

Old Arsenal Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26

Shreveport Water Works Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26

Spring Street Historical Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 27

Tioga Heritage Park and Museum
Thursday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 28
Below is a listing of each museum and the dates of closure for Thanksgiving.

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29

Delta Music Museum
Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 29

Eddie G. Robinson Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 29

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29

Louisiana Military Museum
Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29

Louisiana State Cotton Museum
Thursday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Nov. 30

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29

Louisiana State Oil & Gas Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29

Mansfield Female College Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29

Old Arsenal Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 30

Shreveport Water Works Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29

Spring Street Historical Museum
Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29

Tioga Heritage Park and Museum
Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29
Advisory: Electoral College to meet at State Capitol
Last day of early voting this Saturday
Early voting begins Nov. 24, runs through Dec. 1
Voter registration deadline today for Dec. 8 election
Deadline for military/overseas ballots extended
Media Advisory: Secretary of State Tom Schedler to address Press Club
Exhibit to accompany Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Media Advisory: Secretary of State to test election results
Louisiana student "Mock Election" results to be announced Thursday, Nov. 1
Last day of early voting today
Student voting begins for Louisiana's 2012 Presidential Mock Election
Early voting begins Oct. 23, runs through Oct. 30
Media Briefing: Election night results
Voter registration deadline tomorrow
National Voter Registration Day today, registration deadline approaching
Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall returning to Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, volunteers needed
Middle East trip cut short, Secretary Schedler and others en route to Washington, D.C.
Secretary of state partners with universities and community colleges to promote voter registration and participation
Friends of Chennault to host Col. Warren G. Ward at monthly meeting
Friends of Chennault to host Edwards Barham at monthly meeting
Chennault Museum staff partner with veterans home and association to honor World War II victors
Secretary of State's Office, GCR Inc. receive special achievement award for exceptional application of geospatial technology
Cenac family, oyster industry exhibit at Louisiana State Archives
Conviction made in elections violation in Washington Parish
Secretary Schedler, registrars caution voters regarding mailing from the Voter Participation Center
Chennault Museum, Northeast La. Veterans Association staff to host Memorial Day celebration
Eleven service cross recipients scheduled for induction Saturday at Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum
Secretary of state, registrars of voters to conduct annual Voter Registration Week
Bicentennial quilt, exhibit unveiling at Louisiana State Archives
CATS proposition only for voters inside Baton Rouge city limits, City of Baker and City of Zachary
Coin exhibit opening at Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Schedler's position confirmed
Polling place relocated in Sulphur
Polling place relocated in Natchitoches Parish
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day to be celebrated at Chennault Museum
Polling place relocated in DeRidder
Mardi Gras exhibit to open at Louisiana State Archives
Chennault Museum director invited to Spirit of '45 Conference
Friends of Chennault to host Ernest St. John at monthly meeting
Aviation history exhibit on display at Chennault Museum
Secretary Schedler cautions business owners about annual report correspondence
Gen. George Patton memorabilia on display at Chennault Museum
2012 National History Day competition to be held at Chennault Museum
Friends of Chennault to host George Patton Waters at monthly meeting
Louisiana's Old State Capitol to close over the holidays
Old State Capitol exhibit features New Orleans artist
Louisiana's election website ranked third nationwide
Louisiana's Old State Capitol wins award from Themed Entertainment Association
Louisiana State Archives Christmas tree to coincide with current exhibit
Annual greening to be held at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Website election results limited, RSS feed still available
Early voting closed Friday due to Veterans Day holiday
Calloway to lead Spirit of '45 entry in New York City Veterans Day Parade
Fifteen service cross recipients scheduled for induction at Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum
Chennault Aviation and Military Museum and Louisiana Military Museum staff to host Veterans Day event
Schedler to be sworn in today
Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay approves requests from Secretary of State's Office
Chennault Aviation and Military Museum staff to host literary event
Arrest made in elections violation in Washington Parish
Friends of Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum to hold annual fish fry
Schedler launches GeauxVote Mobile application
Screening of CBS sports documentary featuring Grambling State University held at Eddie G. Robinson Museum
Schedler warns citizens about false voter registration website
Archives exhibit highlights wide range of seafood in state
Parishes receive redistricting preclearance from U.S. Department of Justice
Secretary of state, registrars of voters to conduct annual Voter Education Week
Ballot scanning equipment demonstration to be held at Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Office
Ballot scanning equipment demonstration to be held at Secretary of State's Office
New ballot scanning equipment receives final certification
Pilots for Patients to celebrate 1,000th flight at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Chennault Museum to mark Civil War anniversary with exhibit
Louisiana's Old State Capitol honored with award for exhibits
Secretary Schedler, Germantown Colony Museum supporters to receive grant from Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau
Secretary of State museum hours, employees to be reduced
Secretary Schedler: If budget holds layoffs and closures ahead
Chennault Aviation and Military Museum to host Memorial Day event
Secretary of state to implement new paper ballot scanning system
Sixteen service cross recipients scheduled for induction at Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum
Early voting closed tomorrow due to Good Friday holiday
Colombian officials to visit Old State Capitol as part of three-day international government and governance seminar
Commercial Division adds certified copies to online filings
Secretary Schedler to speak at Monroe Rotary Club, attend ribbon cutting at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Secretary Schedler names interim director of museums
Secretary Schedler to release trade name to La Musique de Louisianne
State Archives to celebrate African-American Louisianians
Eddie G. Robinson Museum closed through Feb. 19 for maintenance
Secretary Schedler saves taxpayer money by hiring from within current ranks of department
Department of Justice preclears open primary system for congressional elections
Hours of operation changing at State Archives
Louisiana secession sesquicentennial observed through re-enactment at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, Old Arsenal Museum
Friends host reception to welcome Sec. Schedler