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  • Green Party eyes lawsuit seeking recount in Pennsylvania

    November 28, 2016 11:52 AM

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Green Party says it will ask a Pennsylvania court to order a statewide recount of the state's Nov. 8 presidential election result. But it's unclear if the courts would have authority to do so. A lawyer for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein wouldn't discuss what... more »
  • Early voting for Dec. 10 runoffs begin Saturday

    November 23, 2016 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Early voting for the December 10 general elections begins this Saturday. Statewide early voting will be last for one week starting Saturday, Nov. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 3. According to the Louisisana Secretary of State's Office, residents can vote at the Registrar of Voters office in... more »
  • Voters kill college tuition amendment; pass three of six proposed

    November 8, 2016 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Along with voters casting their ballots for the presidential election, U.S. Senate and several local races, they will vote on six state constitutional amendments. Below are the proposed constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots and their meanings: Proposed Amendment No. 1 Act... more »
  • Steady crowd marks election day at Susan B. Anthony's grave

    November 8, 2016 4:36 PM

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Some voters are going from the polls to the cemetery in upstate New York to pay respects to women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. Video from WROC shows a steady stream of people at Rochester's Mount Hope cemetery decorating Anthony's grave with "I Voted" stickers and... more »
  • What to do when voting issues occur

    November 8, 2016 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As Election Day is in full swing and voters are making their way to the polls, sometimes issues can occur. The office of the Secretary of State wants to inform voters of what to do if they have complaints, feel something is wrong or voting violations... more »
  • Trump wins Louisiana's electoral votes

    November 8, 2016 2:15 PM

    Louisiana's eight presidential electoral votes are going to Republican Donald Trump. As expected, voters in the state Tuesday selected Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton and 11 other third party contenders. Louisiana was considered so solidly in the Republican column for the presidential election that Trump and Clinton spent little time... more »
  • Early voting in Louisiana shatters records from 4 years ago

    November 2, 2016 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters turned out in record numbers during early voting, surprising the state's top elections official who had worried the animosity of the presidential race could cause a voting slump. Instead, Secretary of State Tom Schedler says voters' anger about the presidential candidates seems to be driving... more »
  • New voting locations for EBR

    November 1, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – With the election days away and early voting coming to a close, voters will be making their way to the new polling locations in East Baton Rouge Parish. Several polling locations have changed due the August flood. The changes will affect more than 34,000 East Baton... more »
  • Louisiana early voting ahead of Nov. 8 election ends Tuesday

    October 31, 2016 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's early voting period is wrapping up. Voters have until 6 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballots in advance of next week's election, to choose the nation's next president, to fill congressional seats and to select local elected officials around the state. Secretary of State Tom Schedler's... more »
  • Voting machine only for VIPs confiscated by La. Secretary of State

    October 28, 2016 4:43 PM

    ELMWOOD - The Secretary of State's office has taken custody of a voting machine that was being used to allow select people to vote in a private conference room inside a Jefferson Parish governmental office. The machine was located in the office area of the Jefferson Parish registrar of... more »
  • Early voting: More good signs for Clinton in key states

    October 27, 2016 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Millions of votes that have been cast already in the U.S. presidential election point to an advantage for Hillary Clinton in critical battleground states. Data compiled by The Associated Press also show signs of Democratic strength in traditionally Republican territory. The strong early-voting turnout by those likely to... more »
  • What to know about voting following the flood Play Video

    October 25, 2016 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A few things have changed this election, following the August flood. Polling places are moved and the state's trying to help voters replace missing or destroyed voter ID cards. There are dozens of new polling locations after some schools, churches and fire stations took on water.... more »
  • Record-breaking early voting on first day; Voting continues all week Play Video

    October 24, 2016 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The first day of early voting brought record crowds to voting locations Tuesday. Preliminary data provided to WBRZ showed roughly more than 5,300 people voted in one day in East Baton Rouge. Livingston reported as many as 2,040. Both parishes said as they reported the statistics,... more »
  • Posting ballot selfies: Personal choice or illegal act?

    October 23, 2016 3:00 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - You probably already know who you're voting for on Election Day. Now one more question: Is it OK to take a picture of your ballot? Laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters can legally take "ballot selfies." Those are pictures of themselves in the act of voting... more »
  • New voting locations for residents due to August flood Play Video

    October 12, 2016 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With election day just a month away, some voters still do not where to vote since some voting locations have changed due to the August flood. Kellsy Lloyd, a new resident to East Baton Rouge Parish, is one of those voters. "I have no idea where to... more »
  • Want a Blue Dog sticker? Have to vote in Louisiana election

    October 10, 2016 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters who cast ballots this fall will get an "I VOTED" sticker that could soon become a collector's item, featuring George Rodrigue's iconic Blue Dog. Secretary of State Tom Schedler unveiled the new sticker Monday, saying he hopes it will help draw higher participation in the... more »
  • Temporary voting locations approved for EBR precincts

    September 28, 2016 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved temporary voting locations for 38 precincts at 19 polling locations affected by last month's historic flooding. Crews with the parish Clerk of Court's office and the Registrar of Voters are now canvassing the impacted areas to inform them of... more »
  • Lawsuit: Georgia voter registration process violates the law

    September 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    ATLANTA - A federal lawsuit claims Georgia's voter registration process violates the Voting Rights Act and has prevented tens of thousands of people from being able to register to vote - many of them minorities. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Gainesville says a state policy causes voter registration applications to... more »
  • Democratic VP candidate calls voting a 'sacred act'

    August 11, 2016 1:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine says voting is a "sacred act." Kaine is in New Orleans addressing the Progressive National Baptist Convention, a group of African-American Baptist churches born out of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Kaine spoke extensively about his religious... more »
  • Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law unconstitutional

    July 30, 2016 3:07 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - A federal appeals court says a North Carolina law illegally targeted minorities with tougher ballot-access rules, such as requiring photo identification to vote, adding a new partisan flashpoint in a swing state with a raft of hotly contested elections. The ruling Friday by the 4th Circuit Court... more »
  • Suit seeks voting rights for felons on parole, probation

    July 1, 2016 4:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit filed in state court seeks to restore voting rights for some 70,000 Louisiana residents who are on probation or parole for felonies. Friday's lawsuit was filed in Baton Rouge by the group Voice of the Ex-Offender and several convicted felons who have been denied voting... more »
  • Edwards signs bill to let students use college IDs to vote

    June 10, 2016 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana college students will be able to use their university ID cards to vote in state elections in 2019. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced this week that the governor signed the proposal into law this week. The bill by Rep. Randal Gaines, a LaPlace Democrat, calls... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to allow college student ID cards for voting

    June 2, 2016 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In a few years, Louisiana college students would be able to use their university ID cards to vote in state elections, if the governor agrees to a proposal passed by lawmakers. The bill by Rep. Randal Gaines, a LaPlace Democrat, calls for the higher education system governing... more »
  • Virginia restores voting rights of 200K felons

    April 22, 2016 2:46 PM

    RICHMOND - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 convicted felons in the state. The sweeping action announced by the Democratic governor Friday will allow former felons who have completed their sentences to register to vote in Virginia this year. McAuliffe has made the restoration... more »
  • Proposed high school in hands of voters Saturday Play Video

    April 6, 2016 5:18 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The fate of a new high school campus will be in the hands of voters Saturday in the Springfield school district with a $14 million bond issue on the ballot. The money would go toward building a new school on land already owned by the Livingston Parish school... more »
  • Senators refuse to change Louisiana's absentee voting rules

    March 30, 2016 5:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have refused to loosen Louisiana's absentee voting rules. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to allow any people who expect to be away from their home parishes on Election Day to be able to vote absentee by mail. Currently, people can only vote absentee... more »
  • Juvenile detention center's future in the hands of voters Play Video

    March 28, 2016 5:24 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center's future is in the hands of voters once again as a property tax renewal appears on the Apr. 9 ballot. The tax renewal was previously shot down by voters in five parishes in November. The detention center that is located in Tangipahoa... more »
  • Clinton, Trump winners of their respective party's Louisiana primary

    March 5, 2016 12:51 PM

    CLICK HERE FOR INSTANT ELECTION RESULTS BATON ROUGE - Registered democrats and republicans cast votes for the Louisiana Presidential Primary Saturday. Hillary Clinton was called the winner of the democratic primary. Donald Trump was declared the winner of the republican primary. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz campaigned... more »
  • Hotly contested Baker Police Chief election to conclude on Saturday Play Video

    March 3, 2016 6:57 PM

    BAKER - While the presidential election is garnering most of the public's attention, there are some key local elections coming up this weekend including in Baker. Election signs have been all over and the race between two candidates running for Baker Chief of Police has really picked up. While... more »
  • Early voting for La. presidential primaries has started

    February 20, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters looking to skip lines to vote in the Louisiana presidential primaries can take advantage of early voting starting Saturday. The Louisiana presidential preference primary for Republicans and Democrats is March 5, but early voting starts Saturday and runs through Feb. 27. Secretary of State Tom Schedler... more »
  • Early voting registration at EBR Registrar of Voters sees steady turnout Play Video

    February 3, 2016 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish turned out at the Registrar of Voters Offices throughout the day Wednesday as it was the last day for residents to register to vote in the state's upcoming presidential primary. Only registered Republicans and Democrats will be able to cast... more »
  • Albany could get new school and upgrades Play Video

    December 10, 2015 6:04 PM

    ALBANY - The Livingston Parish School Board plans to ask Albany voters to approve a bond to pay for a new school and several upgrades across the area. The school board will call an election in April for the $13.5 million bond that would build a new $7 million elementary... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 »

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