Wednesday, both the Senate and Governmental Affairs and House and Governmental Affairs committees met at the State Capitol to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Louisiana’s elections. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin presented a plan to lawmakers that would have made changes to polling places, early voting procedures and absentee-by-mail voting guidelines for the election now scheduled for July 11.
In a 5-1 vote along party lines, the Senate Committee moved to defer Ardoin’s plan, citing election security concerns with the absentee voting provisions. Their counterparts in the House also similarly rejected the proposal, but passed a motion citing COVID-19 as an election emergency. Ardoin is expected to make changes and represent his new plans to lawmakers at a later date.