EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 02-32

Suspension and Rescheduling of Absentee Voting
in Person in the Parish of Ascension


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, absentee voting in person, and elections"; and

WHEREAS,   on September 26, 2002, pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 18:401.1(B), the secretary of state, in conjunction with the commissioner of elections and registration, certified to the governor that as a result of Tropical Storm Isidore a state of emergency exists in the parish of Ascension, and they recommend absentee voting in person in the parish be suspended and rescheduled;

NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., 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 26, 2002, certification of the secretary of state, in conjunction with the commissioner of elections and registration, that a state of emergency exists in the parish of Ascension, and the recommendation that absentee voting in person in the parish be suspended and rescheduled, absentee voting in person in the parish of Ascension is hereby suspended for Thursday, September 26, 2002.

SECTION 2:   In accordance with the procedures set forth in R.S. 18:401.1, absentee voting in person in the parish of Ascension shall resume on Friday, September 27, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and continue on Saturday, September 28, 2002, and Monday, September 30, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., concluding on Monday, September 30, 2002, at 4:30 p.m.

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 the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 26th day of September, 2002.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State