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​MEDIA ADVISORY: SECRETARY OF STATE TO TEST ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE APRIL 24 ELECTION

​April 15, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ahead of the upcoming April 24 election, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin's office will test its electronic election results system on Tuesday, April 20 at 2 p.m. During the test period, mock results will be displayed on the secretary of state's 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 broadcast systems, graphics and websites in conjunction with our testing so that any technical issues can be identified and remedied with assistance from the secretary of state's IT staff prior to election night. In an effort to combat misinformation, we urge outlets to put banners on their websites showing their readers/viewers that the results are only test results and not official.

 

In preparation for election night, media outlets should reserve their seat at the Secretary of State's Office if they are interested in watching results via our Elections Registration Information Network. This seat can also serve as a backup for your election night plans.

 

If any issues are encountered, to sign up for the XML feed or to reserve a seat at ERIN, please contact Tamisha Ashworth in the Communications Office at 225.362.5108 or tamisha.ashworth@sos.la.gov.

 

Finally, the Communications Office for Election Day will be staffed by Deputy Secretary, Communications John W. Tobler and Public Information Officer Tamisha Ashworth. Tobler can be reached at 225.362.5111 (office) or john.tobler@sos.la.gov. Ashworth can be reached at the information listed above.

                       

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​ABSENTEE BALLOT DEADLINES FOR THE APRIL 24 ELECTION

April 15, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding voters of the upcoming absentee ballot deadlines.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 20 at 4:30 pm. Requests can be made online by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov and selecting “Request Absentee Ballot," or in person at the parish registrar of voters office. Voters who have requested but not yet received an absentee ballot may check their absentee ballot status by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov, entering the appropriate voter information and selecting “Check Absentee Ballot Status."

The deadline to return a completed ballot is Friday, April 23 at 4:30 pm. This instructional video shows step-by-step how to properly fill out and return an absentee ballot. Completed ballots can be returned to the parish registrar of voters by mail, in-person by the voter or by a voter's immediate family member. Should a voter be unable to meet an absentee ballot deadline, they can still vote in-person on Election Day. Polling locations can also be found on voterportal.sos.la.gov or on the free GeauxVote mobile app.

For more information, contact the Elections Division at 800.883.2805 or elections@sos.la.gov

                       

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​EARLY VOTING BEGINS APRIL 10 FOR THE APRIL 24 ELECTION​

April 9, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding voters that early voting begins Saturday, April 10, and continues through Saturday, April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, April 11. Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at the parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. 

  • Five parishes will vote in both multi-parish races (such as United States Representative) and local/municipal offices: DeSoto, Jefferson, Morehouse, Sabine and Winn.
  • 21 parishes will vote only on state offices (such as United States Representative): Ascension, Assumption, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Iberville, Madison, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Red River, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, Tensas, Vernon, Webster, West Baton Rouge and West Carroll.
  • Two parishes will vote only on local/municipal offices: Calcasieu and Lafourche.
  • 13 parishes will have proposition elections only: Acadia, Allen, Evangeline, Franklin, Iberia, Jackson, Livingston, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Vermilion.
  • 23 parishes will have no elections: Avoyelles, Beauregard, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, East Feliciana, Grant, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Lincoln, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Union, Washington and West Feliciana.

Voters are encouraged to utilize Louisiana's award-winning, free smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to locate parish early voting locations, Election Day voting site, or view their sample ballot. GeauxBot, the virtual voter assistant, is also available to access pertinent election information such as registration deadlines, election dates, polling locations, and hours. GeauxBot is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov or by selecting Elections and Voting on sos.la.gov.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our polling commissioners will be supplied with personal protective equipment and will regularly sanitize designated areas and wipe down voting machines between each voter. Hand sanitizer will be provided to voters and masks are recommended, although not required.

In addition to a Louisiana driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID or a generally recognized ID with picture and signature, voters may use a digital license via LA Wallet.

For more information, contact the Elections Division at 800.883.2805 or elections@sos.la.gov.​


SECRETARY ARDOIN ANNOUNCES THE LOUISIANA COMMISSION ON ELECTION INTEGRITY AND VOTING

April 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — In an effort to ensure Louisiana's continued confidence in election administration, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announces the formation of the Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting.

“Despite the challenges brought on by natural disasters and a global pandemic, the 2020 Presidential election in Louisiana was free from controversy as seen in other states around the country," Ardoin said. “With a record turnout of 70.1% in approximately 4,000 precincts across the state, our results were fully uploaded just after midnight."

In the months since the Presidential election, despite being a national leader in election administration, questions have been raised regarding the integrity of Louisiana's election processes and procedures by voters concerned with stories of voting issues in other parts of the country.

This bipartisan commission seeks to provide an overview of our election processes and answer these questions for the people of Louisiana:​

  • How do we assure continued confidence in our elections?
  • How do we combat voter fatigue?
  • How do we improve voters' experiences?

This commission will be made up of a diverse group of experts in the fields of election administration, cybersecurity and technology, and business and industry. The members represent all regions of the state and bring a wide array of backgrounds to their service on the commission. The commission will be chaired by former State Representative Quentin Dastugue.
 
“I am honored to serve with the distinguished members of this panel as we seek to clarify and confirm the processes behind Louisiana's elections," Dastugue stated.

The commission will begin meeting after the conclusion of the 2021 regular legislative session, and will issue their final report to Secretary Ardoin no later than February 1, 2022.

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ARDOIN CONTRIBUTES TO REPORT BY REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

April 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced his contribution to a report on election integrity, published by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC). In a first-of-its-kind report, the RSLC has provided a roadmap which encourages states to adopt measures that embody key principles aimed at ensuring voter access and participation without sacrificing security, fairness, or transparency. This commission's ongoing efforts recognize the importance of each state's sovereign right to effectively manage their own elections.

“I was pleased to contribute to this report, cataloging a wide variety of statutory and procedural best practices in Louisiana and other states throughout the country," said Ardoin. “The work done by this commission provides a direct conduit for state legislatures and secretaries of state to work together and restore voter confidence."

Among the report's proposed “best practices," Louisiana has already implemented:

  • Post-election audits.
  • Seven days of early voting at 104 sites across the state.
  • Maintenance of voter registration list through cooperation with government partners.
  • Photo ID requirements.
  • Allowing representatives from campaigns to serve as poll watchers.
  • Pre-election testing of machines by the bipartisan Board of Election Supervisors, which is open to the public.
  • Allowing any registered voter to be trained and serve as a poll commissioner, either during early voting or on Election Day.
  • A robust system of communicating with voters to keep voters engaged and to provide accurate information about elections.​

Among the report's proposed “best practices," Secretary Ardoin has proposed:

  • Legislation to require the Louisiana Department of Health to share additional information concerning death records with the Department of State to ensure the continued accuracy of the voter registration list.
  • Requiring any future voting machine in Louisiana to have a voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT).
  • A more robust system of electronically verifying signatures on absentee ballots.

A copy of the report can be found here.

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​VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR THE APRIL 24 ELECTION

March 24, 2021

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding Louisianians that the deadlines to register to vote in the April 24 Municipal General and Special Congressional General election are fast approaching. The in-person or by mail deadline is today, March 24, and the online deadline is Saturday, April 3. These deadlines are for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.

Citizens may check their registration or register 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. Louisianians can also utilize our smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to access registration, ballot and polling place information.

After registering, voters 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 for the April 24 election is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 through Saturday, April 17 (excluding Sunday, April 11), from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information about the Secretary of State's Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call 225.922.0900.

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ELECTION DAY REMINDERS

March 19, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding everyone that Saturday, March 20, 2021 is Election Day. There are 20 parishes in which there will be both multi-parish races (such as United States Representative) and local races/propositions: Ascension, Avoyelles, Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Grant, Jefferson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Landry, Washington, Webster, and Winn. 23 parishes will vote only on multi-parish races (such as U.S. Representative): Assumption, Bienville, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Franklin, Iberville, Jackson, Madison, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Vernon, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, and West Feliciana. There are 10 parishes in which there will only be local races and/or propositions: Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Livingston, St. Mary, St. Tammany, and Vermilion. 11 parishes will have no elections: Acadia, Allen, Claiborne, Iberia, Lafayette, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Martin, Terrebonne, and Union.

In preparation for Saturday's election, Secretary Ardoin encourages voters to remember:

  • Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
  • Voters can find their polling location and sample ballot by downloading the GeauxVote Mobile app for smartphones or by visiting www.GeauxVote.com.
  • Voters may also utilize the virtual voter assistant, GeauxBot, to access pertinent election information. GeauxBot is accessible by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov or by selecting Elections and Voting on sos.la.gov.
  • Voters can sign up for text alerts via GeauxVote Mobile.
  • Voters should bring an ID with them to vote (Louisiana driver's license, Louisiana Special ID card, a generally recognized picture identification card with name and signature such as a passport or a digital license via LA Wallet). 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 GeauxVote Mobile or at www.sos.la.gov

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our polling commissioners will be supplied with personal protective equipment and will regularly sanitize designated areas and voting machines between each voter. Hand sanitizer will be provided to voters and masks are recommended, although not required.

For more information, contact our Elections Division at 800.883.2805 or elections@sos.la.gov.

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​ABSENTEE BALLOT DEADLINES FOR THE MARCH 20 ELECTION

March 15, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding voters of the upcoming absentee ballot deadlines.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, March 16 at 4:30 pm. Requests can be made online by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov and selecting “Request Absentee Ballot," or in person at the parish Registrar of Voters Office. Voters who have requested but not yet received an absentee ballot may check their absentee ballot status by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov, entering the appropriate voter information and selecting “Check Absentee Ballot Status." 

The deadline to return a completed ballot is Friday, March 19 at 4:30 pm. This instructional video shows step-by-step how to properly fill out and return an absentee ballot. Completed ballots can be returned to the parish registrar of voters by mail, in-person by the voter or by a voter's immediate family member. Should a voter be unable to meet an absentee ballot deadline, they can still vote in-person on Election Day. Polling locations can also be found on voterportal.sos.la.gov or on the free GeauxVote mobile app.

For more information, contact the Elections Division at 800.883.2805 or elections@sos.la.gov.

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Act 425 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature requires that lists of absentee by mail and early voters be posted on the secretary of state's website.

The names of voters includes those who voted in person during early voting and those whose absentee ballots have been received by the registrar of voters. This list of voters does not account for subsequent changes, if any, made by a registrar. Those changes will be found on the cumulative report at the end of early voting.​


​EARLY VOTING BEGINS MARCH 6 FOR THE MARCH 20 ELECTION

March 5, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding voters that early voting begins Saturday, March 6, and continues through Saturday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, March 7. Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at the parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. 

There are 20 parishes in which there will be both multi-parish races (such as United States Representative) and local races/propositions: Ascension, Avoyelles, Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Grant, Jefferson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Landry, Washington, Webster, and Winn. 23 parishes will vote only on multi-parish races (such as U.S. Representative): Assumption, Bienville, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Franklin, Iberville, Jackson, Madison, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Vernon, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, and West Feliciana. There are ten parishes in which there will only be local races and/or propositions: Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Livingston, St. Mary, St. Tammany, and Vermilion. 11 parishes will have no elections: Acadia, Allen, Claiborne, Iberia, Lafayette, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Martin, Terrebonne, and Union.

Voters are encouraged to utilize Louisiana's award-winning, free smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to locate their early voting site, Election Day voting site, or view their sample ballot. GeauxBot, the virtual voter assistant, is also available to access pertinent election information such as registration deadlines, election dates, polling locations, and hours. GeauxBot is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov or by selecting Elections and Voting on sos.la.gov.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our polling commissioners will be supplied with personal protective equipment and will regularly sanitize designated areas and wipe down voting machines between each voter. Hand sanitizer will be provided to voters and masks are recommended, although not required.

In addition to a Louisiana driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID, or a generally recognized ID with picture and signature, voters may use a digital license via LA Wallet.​

For more information, contact the Elections Division at 800.883.2805 or elections@sos.la.gov.



ARDOIN WITHDRAWS VOTING MACHINE PROCUREMENT

March 3, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — The state of election administration in our country is virtually unrecognizable from that of just a few years ago, yet Louisiana remains an unparalleled leader in election process and procedures - free from the controversy that has surrounded so many states. Because of our unwavering commitment, Louisiana remains a national leader in delivering safe, secure, accurate and transparent elections.

After consultation with the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced the immediate cancelation of the Request for Proposal (RFP) #3000016411 for the phased acquisition of new voting systems in replacement of Louisiana's nearly thirty-year-old fleet of voting machines. While the RFP is compliant with all aspects of Louisiana's election and procurement laws, questions have arisen regarding the applicability of Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machine technology (presently required by law) and how it impacts the level of competition for this solicitation.

“While our current election-day voting machines has served Louisiana well, it is imperative that we seek the prompt engagement of the Louisiana Legislature to help our office to clarify these matters of law and to ensure that our citizens receive the highest level of competition in this important procurement," said Ardoin. “We cannot let election administration become just another political football for politicians or voting machine vendors to kick around, without any understanding or concern for the consequences. Simply put, no other agency in Louisiana has a higher requirement for precision than the Secretary of State in conducting our elections."

“Because of this, I am withdrawing the RFP to spend the next few months seeking to undo the damage to voter confidence done by those who willfully spread misinformation and disinformation. While we respect calls for more discussion of the process, it must be noted that Louisiana began preparing for this acquisition following the 2016 federal election cycle. It was never rushed or inconsistent with accepted budgetary or procurement laws. A glaring omission from the calls for more discussion is any credible criticism of our current election process."

“We remain vigilant in our mission to deliver safe, secure, accurate, and transparent elections to the voters of Louisiana."
 -       Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin

"I believe Secretary of State Ardoin has made the right call to pull back on the procurement process for new voting machines. Louisiana elections are some of the most safe and secure elections in the United States and giving more oversight to the process will only strengthen that."
-        Louisiana Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder

"I am in complete support of Secretary of State Ardoin's decision to withdraw the current procurement process for new voting machines in Louisiana. I believe this will bring an opportunity for full transparency on the purchasing process and election systems for all levels of government." -         Louisiana Senate President Page Cortez

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​ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE MARCH 20 ELECTION

February 25, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La.— Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding Louisianians that Saturday, February 27 is the online registration deadline for the March 20 election. This deadline is for citizens who are unregistered, as well as registered voters who would like to make changes to their registration. Citizens can check their registration or register to vote online at www.GeauxVote.com. In order to submit electronically, a Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card must be used.

After registering, voters should download the GeauxVote mobile smartphone app which provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots, polling place information and election results. Voters may also utilize the virtual voter assistant, GeauxBot, to access pertinent election information such as registration deadlines, election dates, polling locations and hours. GeauxBot is accessible by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov or by selecting Elections and Voting on sos.la.gov.

Early voting for the March 20 election is scheduled for Saturday, March 6 through Saturday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m (excluding Sunday, March 7).

For more information, contact the Elections Division by calling 1.800.883.2805 or emailing elections@sos.la.gov.

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​View the annual report​ of the State Board of Election Supervisors.

STATE BOARD OF ELECTION SUPERVISORS TO MEET VIRTUALLY

January 27, 2021

Who: State Board of Election Supervisors

What: The State Board of Election Supervisors will hold its annual meeting in a virtual format. The agenda and notice for the meeting are attached. State board recommendations are viewable on the main page of our website.  

When: Thursday, January 28, 2021

             10:00am

Where: Virtually, accessible via Zoom or Telephone

Web Access/Zoom App:

Link to Meeting:https://zoom.us/j/94720743004?pwd=MEhCbUtOVXNYb29zM3l2dy9nMlRxUT09

Meeting ID: 947 2074 3004
Password: 018536
Note: You will be asked to download Zoom if you have not downloaded the app.

Telephone Access

Call: 1-346-248-7799.
Enter Meeting ID: 947 2074 3004, followed by #.
When prompted to enter your participant ID, either wait or press # to skip.
Enter Security Code: 018536, followed by #.
To unmute your call to speak, press *6 when prompted by the meeting organizer.
Note: When using the phone only option, participant phone numbers are visible to all attendees. Additionally, meeting video is recorded and will be archived and attendee lists are visible.

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STATE RELEASES REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

​January 27, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Office of State Procurement has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to secure new voting equipment to replace the state's current stock of approximately 10,000 machines. These machines have long served the voters of Louisiana without major incident. We cannot maintain the status quo, as the lifespan of these machines nears the end. It is financially and operationally prudent to procure new voting equipment so that voters continue to have confidence in their election infrastructure.

“I am excited to begin the RFP process" Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said. “While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the release of this RFP, we are excited to begin the process of bringing the best voting technology to Louisiana and continuing our tradition of delivering safe, secure, accurate and transparent elections."

Continuing Louisiana's reputation of election integrity is the driving force behind this RFP as the state seeks to bring the most secure and transparent voting technology to our state. This RFP allows Louisianans to continue our tradition and overwhelming preference of in-person voting. It also preserves Louisiana's leadership in elections nationwide by continuing our accurate and timely reporting of election results on elction night. 

Some of the specifications of the RFP are as follows:

Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT): A VVPAT system provides voters with the peace of mind that their vote is recorded accurately by allowing them to verify their vote on paper before casting their vote electronically on a voting machine.  This feature will also enhance the continued accuracy of state elections by providing a mechanism for a full paper audit of each election.

Background Checks For Those Working On Project: This security measure requires proposers to disclose background checks and security training protocols for all employees who would be working on this project. This requirement is a security measure to prevent nefarious individuals from coming into contact with Louisiana's election system.

Disclosure Of Foreign Ownership: Proposer must disclose any foreign ownership and if there is any foreign ownership, provide a detailed plan that ensures the foreign entity cannot control, influence, or direct the company in any manner that would compromise or influence, or give the appearance of compromising or influencing, the independence and integrity of an election.

Disclose All Countries In Which The Proposer Operates: The proposer must disclose all countries in which their election system and equipment is used. Additionally, the corporate structure and ownership (e.g., publicly traded corporation, privately held partnership, nonprofit), all board members or any entity with more than 10% ownership in the organization, and any ownership in the company by foreign persons or entities, regardless of ownership percentage, including but not limited to any citizens or residents of a country other than the United States must be disclosed.

Forbid Political Spending From Contract Funds: Contractor agrees not to use contract proceeds to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition on an election ballot nor shall such funds be used to lobby for or against any proposition or matter having the effect of law being considered by the Louisiana Legislature or any local governing authority.

Follow All Applicable Laws: Proposal must be lawful. The proposed voting system shall meet all relevant requirements the Louisiana Election Code, Help America Vote Act, Louisiana Procurement Code, and Information Technology Procurement Code and any other relevant state and federal laws.

The state's Request for Proposals for new voting equipment can be found online at:

https://wwwcfprd.doa.louisiana.gov/osp/lapac/agency/pdf/7549800-02.pdf

Responses for the New Voting System RFP will be accepted no later than 10:00 AM on March 30, 2021.

WATCH: Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin's comments on the release of the request for proposal.

 

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​View the fact sheet​ for the Request for Proposals for new voting machines.

View agenda for the Jan. 28 meeting of the State Board of Election Supervisors.


View the following document for more information on the Spring 2021 Emergency Election Plan​. 

SECRETARY ARDOIN STATEMENT ON
PASSAGE OF EMERGENCY ELECTION PLAN

January 21, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin issued the following statement following the Legislature's overwhelming passage of the most recent emergency election plan.

“I am pleased that this emergency plan passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support at every step of this process. This plan is a pragmatic response to the recent unprecedented surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, the Clerks of Court, Registrars of Voters and their staff's along with the entire SOS elections staff will provide the people of Louisiana safe, secure and accurate elections to which they are accustomed."

 

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​QUALIFYING PROCEDURES FOR MARCH 20 ELECTION

January 15, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Qualifying for the March 20 Municipal Primary and Special Congressional Primary (U.S. Representative, Districts 2 and 5) election will be held from Wednesday, January 20 through Friday, January 22.

All candidates for state and federal office will qualify at the Louisiana State Archives located at 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. All candidates for local municipal races will qualify with their parish clerk of court. Hours of operation for the secretary of state are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Check with the local clerk of court for specific parish hours.

In response to COVID-19, some qualifying procedures have changed:

  • Qualifying at the Secretary of State's Office will be held at the Louisiana State Archives located at 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.
  • Candidates are asked to bring only one additional person to the signing room as they file their paperwork.
  • The media will have an opportunity to interview candidates in the Archives auditorium, but will not be allowed to be in the signing rooms as candidates file their paperwork.
  • In accordance to public health guidelines; masks are strongly encouraged, social distancing will be in place and the building capacity will not exceed 50 people.

Pursuant to Act 312 of the 2020 Regular Session, qualifying candidates will be required to present a valid Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana identification card. For more information on qualifying, visit the secretary of state's website at www.sos.la.gov.​

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​SPECIAL ELECTION CALLED FOR VACANT HOUSE DISTRICT 82 SEAT

January 12, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — Following a proclamation from the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives regarding the resignation of State Representative Charles Henry, a special election has been called to fill the vacancy of State Representative District 82.  

The special primary election will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 and the general election will be held April 24, 2021. The qualifying period for the special primary election has been scheduled for Jan. 25—27. Candidates qualify with the clerk of court in the parish in which they are registered to vote (contact your local clerk of court for office hours). 

Qualifying fees must be paid in the form of cash; certified or cashier's check on a state or national bank or credit union; U.S. postal money order; or money order issued by a state or national bank or credit union and must be accompanied by the qualifying form.

For more information, contact the Elections Division at 800.883.2805 or elections@sos.la.gov

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​QUALIFYING FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 35 VACANCY

January 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. Qualifying for the special election to fill the House District 35 State Representative vacancy begins today, January 6 through Friday, January 8. Candidates will qualify with the clerk of court in the parish in which they are registered to vote (contact your local clerk of court for office hours).

Qualifying fees must be paid in the form of cash; certified or cashier's check on a state or national bank or credit union; U.S. postal money order; or money order issued by a state or national bank or credit union and must be accompanied by the qualifying form.

The special primary election will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 and the general election will be held March 20, 2021. For more information on qualifying, visit the secretary of state's website at www.sos.la.gov.​

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Election Day reminders
Secretary of State to test election results for August 15 Municipal General
Absentee ballot deadlines for the August 15 Municipal General
Online registration deadline and Early Voting begins July 25 for Municipal General
Qualifying Procedures for November 3 election
Election Day reminders
Absentee ballot deadlines for the July 11 election
Secretary of State to test election results for Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary
Secretary Ardoin warns businesses of potential scam
Early Voting Begins June 20 for Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary
Cyber Security and Election Integrity Bills Signed Into Law
Qualifying for November 3 Presidential General and Open Congressional Primary
Secretary Ardoin warns business of potential scams
Emergency election plan passes
COVID-19 and Elections Update
Voter registration deadlines fast approaching for Presidential Preference Primary
Secretary Ardoin announces the Small Business Protection Act
State Board of Election Supervisors Meeting
Election Day reminders
Secretary of state to test election results for Gubernatorial General Election
Early voting begins Nov. 2 for gubernatorial general election
Election Day reminders
Secretary of state to test election results for Gubernatorial Primary Election
Early voting begins Saturday for Oct. 12 election
Associated Women in the Arts fall show at Louisiana State Archives
DeSoto Parish early voting to be held in two locations
Voter registration deadlines fast approaching for Gubernatorial Primary Election
Voter Registration Week 2019 begins Sept. 2
Securing Your Vote
Election Day reminders
Secretary of state to test election results
May 4, 2019 Municipal General Election
Secretary Ardoin appoints Fran Harvey to Louisiana Geographic Information Systems Council
Election Day reminders
Early voting begins Saturday for March 30 election
March 30, 2019 Municipal Primary Election
Urban Meyer to visit Eddie G. Robinson Museum as part of Legacy Keepers series
Old State Capitol opens new exhibit, celebrates 25th anniversary of restoration
Voter registration deadlines fast approaching for Municipal Primary Election
Election Day reminders
Early voting begins Saturday for Feb. 23 election
Feb. 14, 2019 State Board of Election Supervisors meeting agenda
Feb 23, 2019 Special Primary Election
RESCHEDULED: Feb. 8, 2019 State Board of Election Supervisors meeting agenda
Secretary of state partners with Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge
POSTPONED: Jan. 29, 2019 State Board of Election Supervisors meeting agenda
Undersecretary Shanda Jones honored for service
Election Day reminders
Early voting begins Saturday for Jan. 12 election
Secretary Schedler to testify before Congress
Election Day reminders
Secretary of state to test election results
Secretary Schedler to address national audience
Early voting begins Friday due to Veterans Day
Election Day reminders
Commissioner of elections honored for service
Secretary of state to test election results
Early voting suspended at 3 p.m. for Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines as Nate approaches
Early voting to continue as Nate approaches Louisiana
Early voting begins Saturday for special treasurer's race/municipal primary elections
Louisiana NOT Targeted or Hacked During 2016 Elections
Voter Registration Week 2017 begins Aug. 21
Media Advisory: Qualifying begins Wednesday for 2017 statewide/municipal elections
Schedler denies massive data request from Presidential Commission on Election Integrity
Secretary of State Tom Schedler response to Presidential Commission on Election Integrity letter
Special election for Senate District 2 tomorrow
Secretary of state to test election results
Early voting begins Saturday for special Senate election runoff
Spring general and special Senate elections this Saturday!
Secretary of state to test election results
Early voting begins Saturday for Spring General and Special Senate Elections
Election Day reminders
Secretary of state to test election results
Qualifying for special Senate District 2 election
Early voting begins Saturday for spring municipal elections
Secretary Schedler responds to President Trump's voter fraud investigation
Secretary Schedler seeks assistance from Pres.-elect Trump
Media advisory: Secretary of State to test election results
Schedler honors veterans through voter turnout initiative
Early voting begins Saturday, runs through Nov. 14th
Statewide gubernatorial elections this Saturday
Secretary of state to test election results
Last day to early vote, Saturday, Oct. 17th
Early voting begins Saturday, runs through Oct. 17th
Smithsonian traveling exhibit coming to Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Voter registration deadline fast approaching for Gubernatorial Election
Media Advisory: Qualifying begins next week for gubernatorial elections
Lessons Learned from Katrina Remembered by Secretary of State
Voter Registration Week 2015 begins Aug. 31st
Secretary Schedler warns businesses about misleading postcards
Louisiana State Archives featured on TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?"
National Association of Secretaries of State honors 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act
Schedler assumes presidency of national association
geauxBIZ Portal making business in Louisiana easier
Media Advisory: geauxBIZ Portal making business easy
Secretary Schedler talks online voter registration on NPR
Municipal general elections May 2
Elections March 28 in 28 parishes
Secretary Schedler warns businesses about misleading calls
Secretary of State's Office braces for staffing cuts
Early voting ends Saturday for Feb. legislative elections
Early voting begins tomorrow for Feb. legislative elections
Qualifying begins Wednesday for spring elections
LPB and the Secretary of State's Office launch the Louisiana Digital Media Archive
Media Advisory: LPB and Secretary of State launch Digital Media Archive
Secretary of State's Office facing millions in cuts
Election Day reminders
Last day of early voting Saturday
Early voting begins Saturday, runs through Nov. 29th
Voter registration deadline today for Dec. 6th election
Election Day reminders
Media Advisory: Secretary of state to test election results
Media Advisory: Secretary of State Tom Schedler to address Press Club
Early voting begins Oct. 21, runs through Oct. 28
Voter registration deadline Monday for Nov. 4 election
Qualifying begins Wednesday for November elections
Schedler ascends to President-elect of national association
Blue Dog returns to the State Archives
Voter Registration Week 2014 begins Monday
Elections this Saturday in 35 parishes
Louisiana outpaces nation in election performance
Elections this Saturday in 34 parishes
Early voting begins Saturday for April 5th election
NOLA General Municipal Election this Saturday: Polls open at 7 a.m.
Schedler in line to lead national association
Voter registration deadline Wednesday for April 5th election
Early voting begins Saturday for March 15th Orleans election
Qualifying for spring elections delayed in several parishes
Qualifying begins Wednesday for spring elections
NOLA Municipal Primary Election this Saturday: Polls open at 7 a.m.
Secretary of State's Office OPEN in Baton Rouge
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
Media Advisory: Announcement of New Early Voting Location for Orleans Parish
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