EXECUTIVE ORDER
BJ 08-89

Rescheduling of the 2008 Primary, General and Proposition Elections
Postponed by BJ 08-85


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 absentee voting in person and elections ” ;

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;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Secretary of State ’ s September 2, 2008 certification, the following elections were postponed by Executive Order No. BJ 08-85: the elections for U.S. Representatives, 1st Congressional District – Democratic Party in the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington; U.S. Representatives, 2nd Congressional District – Democratic Party in the Parishes of Jefferson and Orleans; U.S. Representatives, 4th Congressional District – Democratic Party and U.S. Representatives, 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. Representatives, 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; and

WHEREAS, on September 4, 2008, the Secretary of State recommended that an executive order be issued to reschedule the elections postponed by Executive Order No. BJ 08-85;

NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the 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 of the secretary of state that 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 the September 4, 2008 recommendation that the postponed elections be rescheduled, the elections postponed by Executive Order No. BJ 08-85 are rescheduled as follows:

A. U.S. Representative, 1 st Congressional District – Democratic Party in the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington, First Party Primary to be rescheduled October 4, 2008, with early voting reopened September 20-27, 2008; and the General Elections to be held as scheduled November 4, 2008, with early voting as scheduled by law, October 21-28, 2008;

B. U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District – Democratic Party in the Parishes of Jefferson and Orleans, First Party Primary to be rescheduled October 4, 2008, with early voting reopened September 20-27, 2008; the Second Party Primary to be rescheduled November 4, 2008, with early voting as scheduled by law, October 21-28, 2008; and the General Election to be rescheduled December 6, 2008, with early voting to be held November 18-25, 2008, or the General Election on November 4, 2008, if no Second Party Primary is necessary, with early voting as scheduled by law, October 21-28, 2008;

C. 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, First Party Primary to be rescheduled October 4, 2008, with early voting reopened September 20-27, 2008; the Second Party Primary to be rescheduled November 4, 2008, with early voting as scheduled by law, October 21-28, 2008; and the General Election to be rescheduled December 6, 2008, with early voting to be held November 18-25, 2008, or the General Election on November 4, 2008, if no Second Party Primary is necessary, with early voting as scheduled by law, October 21-28, 2008;

D. U.S. Representative, 5 th 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, First Party Primary to be rescheduled October 4, 2008, with early voting reopened September 20-27, 2008; and the General Election to be held as scheduled on November 4, 2008, with early voting as scheduled by law, October 21-28, 2008;

E. The proposition election for Ivan Fire Protection District No. 3 in the Parish of Bossier to be rescheduled October 4, 2008, with early voting reopened September 20-27, 2008; and

F. The proposition election for Prairie Bass Gravity Drainage District in the Parish of St. Landry to be rescheduled October 4, 2008, with early voting reopened September 20-27, 2008.

SECTION 2: Executive Order No. BJ 2008-85, issued on September 3, 2008, is hereby rescinded and terminated.

SECTION 3: This Order is effective upon signature.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 4th day of September, 2008.

 

Bobby Jindal
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Jay Dardenne
Secretary of State