EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 02-34

Delay of the October 5, 2002, Primary
Election in Ten 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, absentee voting in person, and elections"; and

WHEREAS,   on October 4, 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 Hurricane Lili a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion, and they recommend that the primary election in these parishes scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2002, be delayed until such time as may be 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 October 4, 2002, certification of the secretary of state, in conjunction with the commissioner of elections and registration, that a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion, and the recommendation that the primary election in these parishes be delayed, the primary election in the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2002, is hereby delayed until such time as may be rescheduled.

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 4th day of October, 2002.

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

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State