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  • East Baton Rouge school system seeks tax renewals on Oct. 24

    October 19, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters throughout East Baton Rouge Parish will be asked on Saturday to renew for 10 more years three separate property taxes dedicated to education. These taxes were last renewed on April 29, 2006, by margins of 62-to-38 percent. The taxes fund I Care, a 35-year-old alcohol- and drug-abuse... more »
  • Early voting starts Saturday

    October 9, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Early voting begins Saturday for Louisiana's Oct. 24 election. Candidates are urging supporters to cast their ballots in advance as the various statewide and local races are expected to compete for attention on Election Day with college football games and hunting plans. Top of the ballot is the... more »
  • New move to scrub Confederate emblem from Mississippi flag

    October 2, 2015 4:39 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A new proposal seeks a statewide election on removing the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag. But it could be years before the issue reaches a ballot, and there's no guarantee voters would accept it. Mississippi officials said Friday that a Jackson resident filed paperwork for a... more »
  • Village may shake up police department structure check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 15, 2015 6:36 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - The Village of French Settlement in Livingston Parish may ask voters to decide whether to continue electing a chief of police or to let the mayor and aldermen appoint one instead. French Settlement Mayor Toni Guitrau feels the time is right to put the issue on the... more »
  • E. Feliciana tax renewal to be on upcoming ballot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 6, 2015 5:59 PM

    CLINTON - This week the East Feliciana Parish School Board voted to put three tax renewals on the ballot. The taxes up for renewal are a 17 mill property tax and two 1 cent sales taxes. Most of the money gotten from the taxes will go toward salaries and... more »
  • Baton Rouge Library tax on Oct. 24 ballot

    June 11, 2015 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System will hold a property tax increase election this fall. The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved holding the election Wednesday night. Residents with $150,000 properties would see their bills rise from $80.85 a year to $83.25 a year, and residents with... more »
  • East Baton Rouge council delay vote on library tax

    May 28, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has delayed voting on how high of a property tax the library system will put on ballots next fall. Four council members were absent. The Metro Council will now vote on the library's proposed property tax at its June 10 meeting.... more »
  • West Baton Rouge residents rejoice in sales tax increase failure

    March 29, 2015 6:53 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - Voters made sure they cast their vote in Saturday's election to turn down a half cent sales tax increase. "The taxes were never as high as it is right now," said Wendell Hamilton, a resident in the parish for over four decades. Hamilton said... more »
  • Election results for four La. parishes

    March 29, 2015 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Results are in after voters went to the polls Saturday in four parishes. Here are the results. East Baton Rouge Former Metro Councilman, Darrell Ourso narrowly defeated current Metro Councilman, Buddy Amoroso for the District 66 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The... more »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    February 12, 2015 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night. One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat. ... more »
  • Kentucky unanimous No. 1 in AP poll, Duke No. 2

    December 8, 2014 1:01 PM

    Kentucky is still No. 1, and this time on top of every ballot. The Wildcats (9-0) became a unanimous No. 1 team in the new AP poll Monday, getting the first-place votes on all 64 ballots cast. Syracuse spent two weeks as a unanimous No. 1 last season. Wisconsin had... more »
  • Satsuma group frustrated with governor's office check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 17, 2014 4:13 PM

    SATSUMA - People who want to incorporate Satsuma into a town are frustrated that their petition has not been acted on despite being certified in August. The group "Save Satsuma" wanted to put the incorporation to a vote on the December 6 ballot, but that won't happen. The petition... more »
  • Campaigns bring ground game as elections near check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 3, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's an all-out rush to the polls as the final hours before the elections wane and volunteers go into overdrive to get the vote out. Some campaign volunteers are using apps to go door-to-door and speak with people they know support their candidate, encouraging them to get... more »
  • US Senate race at top of Louisiana ballot Tuesday

    November 3, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After an attack-heavy campaign season, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and her chief Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy were trying to wrangle last-minute votes in advance of Tuesday's election. Landrieu had rallies Monday in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, while Cassidy knocked on doors in the Baton Rouge neighborhood... more »
  • St. George Organizers: We've got the signatures check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 25, 2014 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - St. George organizers say they've got the nearly 18,000 signatures needed for the issue to appear on the ballot in December. This is good news for supporters who had hoped to vote on the breakaway city in November but fell short. The group is expected to... more »
  • Satsuma seeking incorporation

    June 28, 2014 12:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON - People in the unincorporated community of Satsuma need about 100 signatures to get their dream of becoming a city on a ballot. The "Save Satsuma" group started their incorporation campaign about a year ago. Leaders say their goal is to have a voice in decision making in Livingston... more »
  • Head of bank bailout runs for California governor

    January 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and architect of the nation's bank bailout, says he is running for governor of California. He entered the race Tuesday as a Republican newcomer who faces long odds against incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat. Kashkari made the announcement in a... more »
  • Vacant congressional seat on Saturday's ballot

    October 18, 2013 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Candidates for Louisiana's vacant 5th District congressional seat are spending their final hours pitching themselves to voters and trying to drum up interest for Saturday's election. Republican state Sen. Neil Riser waved signs at street corners and worked the phone banks. Democratic state Rep. Marcus Hunter went on... more »
  • BREC to put tax renewal on April ballot

    October 17, 2013 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park commissioners have agreed to ask voters on April 5 to renew 6.2 mills in property taxes used to pay for capital improvements and general operating expenses. On Wednesday, commissioners voted 7-0 without discussion in favor of having the tax renewal... more »
  • Early voting for Oct. 19 election begins Saturday

    October 4, 2013 7:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all residents eligible to vote in the Oct. 19 municipal and 5th Congressional District primary election to consider voting early starting this Saturday. Early voting continues through Saturday, Oct. 12, and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6... more »
  • Livingston voters to decide on library tax

    September 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Voters in Livingston Parish will be asked to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish library system in a ballot measure set for April 2014. Bond attorney Jim Ryan told the Parish Council that the 10-mill property tax would be renewed for 10 years if... more »
  • Early voting for April 6 election begins Saturday

    March 22, 2013 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianans eligible to vote in the April 6 primary election to consider voting early. Early voting begins Saturday at the parish Registrar of Voters' Office and continues through March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Good... more »
  • State removes names of inactive voters

    January 24, 2013 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State elections officials removed about 52,000 inactive voters from Louisiana's voter rolls after November's presidential election. State Elections Commissioner Angie Rogers says election laws require the purge of voter registration rolls once every two years or so, to remove the names of people who have not voted... more »
  • Runoff elections tomorrow in Louisiana

    December 7, 2012 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Secretary of State's office isn't expecting a high turnout for tomorrow's runoff elections. Not all parishes have a lot on the ballot, and so far more than 50,000 people voted early statewide. In Baton Rouge, voters will decide who takes an open seat on... more »
  • Garbage tax on ballot in Tangipahoa Parish

    November 28, 2012 9:11 AM

    AMITE - Voters in rural Tangipahoa Parish will be asked to approve a property tax proposition in support of parish landfill operations on the Dec. 8 ballot. Rural Garbage District No. 1, which includes all unincorporated areas of the parish, is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 10-mill ad valorem... more »
  • 2 in face off for Port Allen mayor

    November 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Voters deciding who will serve as Port Allen mayor for the next four years have a choice on the Dec. 8 election ballot between the incumbent and one of his challengers in a previous mayoral election a year ago. Mayor Roger Bergeron, a Democrat, is once again... more »
  • Boat needed in one Minneapolis voting precinct

    November 13, 2012 12:40 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Not one voter cast a ballot in one Minneapolis precinct on Election Day. That's because the only living species in Ward 10, Precinct 3B, is of the aquatic variety. A newly redistricted precinct map shows 3B is located entirely in the eastern half of Lake Calhoun - the... more »
  • Fraud? No, spider delays Mass. town's vote count

    November 8, 2012 12:24 PM

    REHOBOTH, Mass. - It wasn't hanging chads or voter fraud that delayed the vote count in one Massachusetts town - it was a spider. Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning. She called a technician, who said a spider web apparently... more »
  • Sec. State to examine social media and ballots after election

    November 6, 2012 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Every day people share all kinds of things through social networking, from who they're with right down to what they're about to eat. People in Louisiana, though, should think twice before snapping a pic of who they voted for today. According to Louisiana law, it... more »
  • Voters deciding more than the next president

    November 6, 2012 12:32 PM

    UNDATED - Americans are lining up at voting places around the country to give their verdict on a long and bruising campaign for the White House and other matters. In addition to the contest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, every House seat, a third of the Senate and... more »
  • Romney casts ballot, campaigns as people vote

    November 6, 2012 9:11 AM

    BELMONT, Mass. - Mitt Romney has cast his ballot in the presidential election. After all the flights, all the speeches, the debates, hand-shakes, nods, gestures and smiles, it was time for him to vote and then hold curtain-closing campaign rallies in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Then, he had to contemplate... more »
  • Schedler expects long lines in La. on Election Day

    November 5, 2012 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top elections official is telling voters to be patient on Election Day, do their homework about the ballot and expect a lengthy wait to get in the voting booth. Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted turnout for the election Tuesday could top 70 percent in Louisiana... more »
  • St. Helena Parish School District counting on tax vote

    October 30, 2012 10:19 AM

    ST.HELENA PARISH- A millage tax will be on the ballots next Tuesday in St. Helena Parish. If approved by voters the tax will help keep the ailing district funded and allow them to renovate their schools. News 2's Adrian Pittman will have more on News 2 at 6... more »
  • Early voting for Nov. 6 election begins today

    October 23, 2012 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting is starting in Louisiana for the Nov. 6 election, which includes the presidential race, six congressional races, constitutional amendments, judgeships and local contests around the state. Voters seeking to cast their ballots in advance of Election Day can vote early starting today and running... more »
  • Look up sample ballots for 2012 election

    October 11, 2012 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sample ballots are available for the 2012 election. Besides the president's race, Louisiana voters in some districts are also choosing a U. S. Representative, Associate Supreme Court Justice, as well as a number of constitutional amendments. Click here to search the Secretary of State's ballot... more »
  • Vote to honor veterans check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 19, 2012 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- This year your going to the ballot box can mean more than just a vote thanks to the new "Honor Vets" program instated by the Secretary of State. The program aims to encourage voters to go to the polls in honor of the men and women who... more »
  • Qualifying ends today for La. candidates

    August 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Qualifying ends today for candidates who want to be listed on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election in Louisiana. Candidates must file their applications and required filing fees by 5 p.m. today or remain unlisted. In the East Baton Rouge Parish race for mayor-president,... more »
  • Man sues for proof of Obama's eligibility

    July 27, 2012 11:02 AM

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A Juneau man has filed a lawsuit trying to compel the state of Alaska to prove that President Obama is qualified to be on the ballot. Gordon Warren Epperly claims in the lawsuit that Obama's citizenship status is unknown, and that Obama was illegally inaugurated in 2009.... more »
  • Council delays taxes on ballot

    July 6, 2012 6:31 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish Council has postponed a vote to put proposed taxes and fees on the election ballot until later this month. The move likely ensures the items would not go before voters on Nov. 6 with a proposed parish half-cent sales tax for road improvements. ... more »
  • Col. Reb ballot intiative withers

    June 15, 2012 2:21 PM

    JACKSON, Miss.- An effort to enshrine an Old South university mascot into the Mississippi Constitution is a lost cause - at least for now. Arthur Randallson directs the Colonel Reb Political Action Committee, a group pushing a ballot initiative to make the University of Mississippi revive a mascot it retired... more »
  • 9 constitutional amendments on November ballot

    June 12, 2012 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters will face a list of questions in the fall election, constitutional changes proposed by lawmakers, including provisions about gun rights and pension revocation. Nine proposals to amend the Louisiana Constitution will be on the Nov. 6 ballot after the action of the legislative session.... more »
  • Millage to fight mosquitoes on Livingston Parish ballot

    May 15, 2012 10:30 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Residents in Livingston Parish could be paying a tax to get rid of mosquitoes. A millage increase is set for the November ballot, but does everyone approve? Find out how much it could cost you, and what will change if its approved. News 2's Sarah Rosario... more »
  • Hammond charter changes on ballot

    April 18, 2012 7:40 AM

    HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council will submit to the city's voters eight proposed changes to the home rule charter. The council approved a companion resolution Tuesday that sets the vote on the proposed charter changes for Nov. 6. The proposed changes were submitted to the council by a group... more »
  • Gay marriage bill signed

    March 1, 2012 4:38 PM

    ANNAPOLIS, MD. - Maryland's governor has signed a bill legalizing gay marriage, joining seven other states and the District of Columbia. Governor Martin O'Malley signed the bill today one week after its final passage by the Maryland Legislature. The law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013.... more »
  • Wednesday deadline to register for Mar 24 election

    February 21, 2012 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday's the deadline to register to vote or to change parties for the presidential preference primary next month. Registered Democrats and Republicans will vote on March 24 for who they want to get their party's nomination. Only people registered in a party may vote in that party's primary.... more »
  • Voters face lengthy ballot on Saturday

    October 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters will be wading through a lengthy ballot Saturday. While Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to coast to an easy re-election, lawmakers across the state are in tight contests with term-limited folks seeking to keep themselves in office by switching jobs and others long... more »
  • Tax renewal proposals headed to Calcasieu ballot

    October 9, 2011 9:37 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La.- The Calcasieu Parish School Board wants to put three tax renewal propositions on the March 2012 ballot. Karl Bruchhaus, the school system's chief financial officer, said two of the proposals are for 10-year parishwide renewals. The other pertains solely to Bell City. One of the... more »
  • Constitutional amendments on Oct. 22 ballot

    October 6, 2011 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five proposed constitutional changes will appear on the Oct. 22 ballot. The amendment that got the most attention would dedicate an annual stream of tobacco settlement money to the state's free college tuition program called TOPS. Linked to that is renewal of a 4-cent state sales... more »
  • Circumcision Ban off Ballot

    July 28, 2011 7:41 PM

    A judge in San Francisco says a measure calling for a ban on male circumcision is off the November ballot. Judge Loretta Giorgi says the ban violates a California law that makes regulating medical procedures a function of the state, not cities. Those that favor the ban argue circumcision is... more »
  • House and Senate pass cigarette tax extension

    June 23, 2011 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House and Senate have agreed to renew a 4-cent cigarette tax, but it requires voter approval through a ballot initiative in the fall. In a last-minute compromise, Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers this week agreed to allow the tax extension to go forward via a... more »
  • Illinois court throws Emanuel off Chiago ballot

    January 24, 2011 1:10 PM

    CHICAGO - An Illinois appellate court on Monday threw former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election. The decision put Emanuel's candidacy into doubt a month before the election. He had... more »

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