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  • Early voting for Oct. 24 election ends Saturday

    October 16, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters hoping to cast their ballots early for Louisiana’s Oct 24 election have until Saturday to do so. Early voting at parish registrar of voters’ offices and other designated locations will end at 6 p.m. Saturday. At the top of the ballot is the Louisiana... more »
  • New iPad voting technology a possibility in Louisiana

    September 9, 2015 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voting machines could be a thing of the past in Louisiana since Secretary of State Tom Schedler is looking to install tablet voting at precincts across the state. Schedler says he wants to phase out voting booths to make things smoother and cheaper in the long... more »
  • Husband not voting leads to prison for wife

    May 21, 2015 8:59 PM

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA- A woman got three-and-a-half years in prison for running over her husband with her SUV when she found out he didn't vote in the 2012 presidential election. Holly Nicole Solomon was upset that President Obama was reelected and went on a tirade when she found out her... more »
  • Fire district's future depends on voters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 1, 2014 4:17 PM

    HOLDEN - A fire protection district could shut down in Livingston Parish if voters strike down a tax renewal in Holden. Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 10 Chief Warren Stewart says the district would miss out on $172,000 each year if the tax renewal fails to pass. That's money... more »
  • Mix of sour mood and hope for change on Election Day

    November 4, 2014 1:09 PM

    Some Americans are expressing frustration with government as they go to the polls today, though there's some hope mixed in with the voices of cynicism. A voter in Denver who calls himself a radical moderate says he worries whether ordinary people are being heard anymore. He says it seems "the... more »
  • 50 percent voter turnout predicted for Louisiana

    October 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election. That's above turnout in the last midterm congressional election, but still well below the 68 percent of voters who showed up at the... more »
  • Running out of time to early vote check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 27, 2014 7:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Plenty of people have already turned out to cast votes for the November election. If you want to join them and cast your ballot early, there's still time. More than 100,000 voters have already punched their votes, but Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he was... more »
  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs

    October 21, 2014 5:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But "don't touch my girlfriend?" Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama. Let's be clear: It was a joke. It unfolded while Obama cast an early ballot Monday in Chicago. A young woman,... more »
  • New focus on minority voting after Brown's death

    September 13, 2014 10:33 AM

    FERGUSON, Mo. - A few miles from the street where Michael Brown died last month in Ferguson, Missouri, lies the grave of Dred Scott. Scott is the slave who went to the Supreme Court and tried, unsuccessfully, to be recognized as a free American citizen - 157 years ago. Michael... more »
  • Early voting begins Saturday

    April 18, 2014 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting begins Saturday for the May 3rd elections in Louisiana, continuing through April 26. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says 35 parishes are holding elections May 3. In East Baton Rouge, Central voters will choose between Jason Ellis and Ralph Washington in a runoff... more »
  • Central mayoral candidates prepping for election check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 4, 2014 4:32 PM

    CENTRAL - Both Central mayoral candidates worked hard Friday to make sure voters will turn out for Saturday's election. Candidate Jr. Shelton made house visits around the city while Dave Freneaux made calls to voters from work. "It's the day that you still shore up your support, you're... more »
  • Central councilman gets thumbs-up to run check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines. Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
  • High early voting turnout continues in Port Allen

    November 5, 2013 12:18 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Early voting in the recall election of Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter continues to be high. West Baton Rouge Parish registrar Staci Ryan says 884 people have voted as of 10:30 this morning. Early voting set a one day record on Saturday with 618 votes... more »
  • Record early voting turnout for WBR

    November 4, 2013 12:10 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Early voting numbers in West Baton Rouge Parish set a one-day record Saturday. Registrar Stacy Ryan says 618 people voted in person for the Port Allen mayor recall election, with another 31 ballots sent in by mail. Ryan said that's 16 percent of the registered... more »
  • Obama promising to protect minority voting rights

    July 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights. The president met privately Monday with more than a dozen civil rights leaders to talk about strengthening the Voting Rights Act. Last month the Supreme Court struck down the most powerful... more »
  • Group: Voter registration grew at assistance sites

    July 17, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A voting rights group says thousands of poor Louisianians have registered to vote because of its pressure on state public assistance agencies to provide the applications. Nonprofit organization Project Vote says more than 29,000 people applied to vote in 2011 and 2012 through sites that offer registration... more »
  • High court ruling removes La. from preclearance

    June 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voting laws and election districts no longer need federal approval before changes can take effect. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means the state doesn't have to follow a pre-clearance requirement mandated in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, unless Congress redesigns... more »
  • High court to take new look at voting rights law

    November 9, 2012 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires... more »
  • Long lines don't deter voters

    November 6, 2012 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Precincts around East Baton Rouge parish brought long lines and heavy traffic. The average wait time was an hour, some waited up to two. Despite the long waits, most voters didn't seem to mind. "It wasn't too long considering what we're doing here," said Tony... more »
  • Long lines continue for early voting check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 29, 2012 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people in Baton Rouge waited in line for two hours today to get their vote in early. The long lines caused some people to turn around at the door of the East Baton Rouge Parish governmental building on Coursey Boulevard, one of several early voting locations... more »
  • Early voting popular ahead of Nov. 6

    October 29, 2012 10:19 AM

    GONZALES - Early voting is proving popular around the capitol area, with thousands turning out to vote ahead of Nov. 6. Ascension and Livingston parishes both reported long lines at their early voting locations. As of Saturday evening, both parishes saw more than 5,000 citizens vote early. Voting... more »
  • Registration deadline nearing for Nov. election

    September 27, 2012 8:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana residents have until Oct. 9 to register to vote for the November election that includes presidential, congressional and local races. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says people can register to vote at http://www.GeauxVote.com , at their parish registrar of voters' office, by mail or at public... more »
  • "None of the above" loses

    August 22, 2012 7:36 PM

    Nevada's unique voting option of "none of the above" was struck down by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones says it's unconstitutional and since the "none" option can never win, even if it gets the most votes, it makes those votes not count. Nevada is the only state... more »
  • Report: Louisiana among most vulnerable to voting problems

    July 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report lists Louisiana among six states ranked as least-prepared to deal with voting problems. The report from Common Cause, Rutgers Law School and the Verified Voting Foundation found Louisiana, along with Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Mississippi and South Carolina, had several defficiencies in voting preparedness. ... more »
  • Obama campaign sues over Ohio early voting law

    July 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is suing Ohio's top elections official in a dispute over a state law that restricts early, in-person voting during the three days before Election Day. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Columbus follows a series of election law changes cleared... more »
  • Senate to debate bill to shorten La. voting hours

    May 29, 2012 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State senators are deciding whether to shorten voting hours on most election days in Louisiana. Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The House-approved measure pushed by Secretary of State Tom Schedler would push back the opening of polls to 7 a.m. on Saturday elections.... more »
  • Bid to shorten voting hours revived in La. Senate

    May 24, 2012 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to shorten voting hours on most election days in Louisiana has been revived by a state Senate committee that killed the idea earlier this month. Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The House-approved measure pushed by Secretary of State Tom Schedler... more »
  • Voting set to begin on CATS tax issue

    April 20, 2012 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voting day is tomorrow in parishes across Louisiana. More than 100 tax proposals and renewals, as well as bond initiatives will be decided by voters. A 10-year, 10.6-mill property tax proposal to serve as a dedicated funding source for the struggling Capital Area Transit System one... more »
  • La. primary could make news for a change

    March 24, 2012 10:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saturday's Republican presidential primary in Louisiana won't be a game changer but the state party chief doesn't see how it can fail to make some news, no matter who comes out on top. Mitt Romney, Rich Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all campaigned in the state... more »
  • Romney looks for Ill. win while Santorum stumbles

    March 20, 2012 6:28 AM

    PEORIA, Ill. - Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are facing off Tuesday in Illinois, a state that was once home to President Barack Obama. Romney was betting his message of economic proficiency would triumph over Santorum's sharply honed conservatism. Both men were competing for 54 delegates in one... more »
  • Voting in Alabama, Mississippi could clarify race

    March 13, 2012 6:37 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mitt Romney is working to seal his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with a thus-far-elusive victory in the Deep South. Closely fought primaries in Alabama and Louisiana offer the former Massachusetts governor a key opportunity in a region that has been slow to embrace him. Tuesday's... more »
  • Early voting locations listed by parish

    March 9, 2012 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting begins Saturday for the March 23 Presidential Primaries. Voting is open between 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. You must be a registered Republican to vote in the Republican primary. Click here for a list of early voting locations listed by parish. 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 »
  • Hackers threaten to interrupt Iowa caucus voting

    December 19, 2011 7:26 AM

    IOWA CITY - Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month's presidential nominating caucuses. A video uploaded to YouTube features a computer-generated voice denouncing a corrupt political system and calls... more »
  • Nearly 160,000 early votes cast in La.

    October 17, 2011 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Nearly 160,000 Louisiana residents have cast ballots in early voting for the Oct. 22 elections, a 12 percent increase over the 2007 gubernatorial election. Kyle Ardoin of the secretary of state's office says 159,542 early votes were cast by Saturday's deadline. The number will rise as mailed... more »
  • Early voting in East Baton Rouge Parish begins Saturday

    March 18, 2011 2:47 PM

    Baton Rouge- Early voting for the April 2 election in East Baton Rouge Parish begins Saturday, March 19. On the ballot, the race for Family Court Judge and three tax renewal propositions. In the Family Court race, Charlene Charlet Day faces Hunter Greene. Both are Republicans. ... more »

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