Louisiana Secretary of State: Governor will postpone fall elections in Hurricane Ida aftermath
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will postpone the fall elections in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Wednesday.
Ardoin, the state's chief elections officer, said the governor will postpone the Oct. 9 election to Nov. 13 and the Nov. 13 election to Dec. 11 at his request.
Ardoin, who met with the governor Tuesday, said circumstances following Ida make holding the elections on time "virtually impossible without impairing the integrity of the election(s)."
“I am thankful that the governor has recognized the importance of our recommendation," Ardoin said. "This will allow our staff and local partners more time to properly prepare for a statewide election while ensuring the integrity of our election processes and that our voters’ traditional voting habits are as undisturbed as possible.”
A governor's spokesperson declined to confirm Edwards' decision.
"When we have something from the governor to announce on the election, we will announce it," the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff Christina Stephens said.
Among the issues on the first ballot is a constitutional amendment that could transform the state's income tax structure.
The amendment, which was crafted by two bills passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Edwards, would lower personal and corporate income tax rates in exchange for losing the current deductions for federal income taxes paid.
Three special legislative races are also on tap to replace former Sen. Ronnie Johns (Senate District 27), R-Lake Charles, who resigned to take over as chair of the Louisiana Gaming Commission, former Rep. Fred Jones (House District 16), D-Bastrop, who won a district judgeship, and former Rep. Gary Carter (House District 102), D-New Orleans, who won a seat in the state Senate.
New Orleans municipal elections are also on tap.
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Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.