Know Before You Vote – Constitutional Amendments on November 13th Ballot Explained

Winn Parish voters will go to the polls on November 13 to cast ballots on four statewide constitutional amendments.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order on Sept. 9 formally delaying the upcoming fall elections in Louisiana, following severe damage from Hurricane Ida in southeast Louisiana, which would make holding the election difficult and could lead to challenges for displaced voters.

According to the Secretary of State’s office:

  • The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Oct. 13. 
  • The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 23. 
  • Early voting is Oct. 30 through Nov. 6 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 31) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 
  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 9 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee ballot online through our Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters). 
  • The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 12 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

The four amendments on the ballot are:

Proposed Amendment No. 1 (Act 131 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to add Article VII, Section 3.1 to the Louisiana Constitution.) 

“Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance, and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state by the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission and to provide for the funding, duties, and responsibilities of the commission?”

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder spoke to the Rotary Club of Winnfield earlier this year regarding  Proposed Amendment No. 1. If passed, he said the amendment would create a State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission to “provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state,” according to the bill.

Proposed Amendment No. 2(Act 134 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article VII, Section 4(A) of the Louisiana Constitution.)

“Do you support an amendment to lower the maximum allowable rate of individual income tax and to authorize the legislature to provide by law for a deduction for federal income taxes paid?” 

Proposed Amendment No. 3(Act 132 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article VI, Section 39 of the Louisiana Constitution.)

“Do you support an amendment to allow levee districts created after January 1, 2006, and before October 9, 2021, whose electors approve the amendment to levy an annual tax not to exceed five mills for the purpose of constructing and maintaining levees, levee drainage, flood protection, and hurricane flood protection?” 

Proposed Amendment No. 4(Act 157 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article VII, Section 10(F)(2)(a) and (b) of the Louisiana Constitution.)

“Do you support an amendment to increase the amount of allowable deficit reductions to statutory dedications and constitutionally protected funds from five percent to ten percent?”

To find out more about each amendment and what a yes or no vote means click below.


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