Postponement of Primary and Proposition Elections for Certain Parishes
WHEREAS, "in order to ensure maximum citizen participation in the electoral process and provide a safe and orderly procedure for persons seeking to qualify or exercise their right to vote, to minimize to whatever degree possible a person ’ s exposure to danger during declared states of emergency, and to protect the integrity of the electoral process," the Louisiana Legislature enacted R.S. 18:401.1 to provide "a procedure for the emergency suspension or delay and rescheduling of qualifying, early voting, and elections"; and
WHEREAS, on September 2, 2008, pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 18:401.1(B), the Secretary of State certified to the Governor that as a result of Hurricane Gustav a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Landry, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn, and recommends that the primary and proposition elections to be held on Saturday, September 6, 2008, be delayed until such time as may be rescheduled in those parishes;
NOW THEREFORE I, Bobby Jindal, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: Under the authority of R.S. 18:401.1(B), and based on the September 2, 2008 certification from the Secretary of State that a state of emergency exists in the above mentioned parishes, and the recommendation that the elections for U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District – Democratic Party in the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington; U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District – Democratic Party in the Parishes of Jefferson and Orleans; U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District – Democratic Party and U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District – Republican Party in the Parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, and Webster; U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District – Republican Party in the Parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Iberville, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll, and Winn; Ivan Fire Protection District No. 3 in the Parish of Bossier; and Prairie Bass Gravity Drainage District in the Parish of St. Landry, all scheduled for September 6, 2008, are hereby postponed indefinitely and shall be rescheduled as soon as practicable.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 3rd day of September, 2008.
Secretary of State