Ad Spot

Legislature approves Sen. Cloud’s election integrity bills

BATON ROUGE – Two measures that Sen. Heather Cloud says will give voters more assurances that Louisiana conducts fair elections received legislative approval and are on the governor’s desk awaiting his signing them into law.

Cloud’s Senate Bill 220 calls for the Legislative Auditor to examine state election policies and practices and file reports on their findings.

“We’re telling our people to go out and vote and that their votes count, but we don’t have anything backing that up,” said Cloud, R-Turkey Creek. “With this, we can say we trust and we verify.”

A yearly close examination of the way elections are conducted and how results are handled provides “checks and balances,” she said. Actual election results would not be included in the audits.

The legislation also calls for retaining election records, including mail-in ballots, for two years in case audits find problems with elections.

“Some records were allowed to be destroyed in six months,” Cloud said. “They would not be eligible for an audit.”

Senate Bill 224 requires additional identification on the detachable flap on absentee and mail-in ballots.

Currently, there is a line for voters to put voluntarily their driver’s license numbers or the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.

“We’re making it mandatory,” Cloud said, which will increase the integrity of absentee ballots cast in early voting and general elections.

Local

Congressman Graves reflects on to West Shore Levee progress

LaPlace

River Region Chamber collecting items for new teachers

News

Registration open for ‘Shot At A Million’ in Louisiana

LaPlace

SJSO participates in SHINE program

News

Graves’ Bill to restore Lake Pontchartrain Passes the U.S. House

Garyville

8-year-old donates birthday money to help local cancer patients

LaPlace

Reserve couple leaves legacy of community service

LaPlace

From Howard University to law school;LaPlace native Kennedy Gerard pursues future in healthcare policy

News

Get ready for the unexpected with a disaster go bag

Local

St. John Theatre announces cast of ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

News

Spark Boxes ignite family conversations around humanities themes

News

New Orleans resident pleads guilty for Violating Federal Controlled Substances Act

News

Unrestrained driver killed in Jefferson Parish

LaPlace

SJSO arrest reports from 6/17-6/20

Health

Hot cars can kill: AG Jeff Landry offers tips to protect Louisiana children

News

New Orleans man pleads guilty to violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

News

New Orleans Man Plead Guilty to his role in A Federal Drug Conspiracy

Nation/World

Duck hunters are conservationists, give them a voice

Local

SCSO arrests 06/21

Local

St James Arrest Reports 06/14 to 06/20

News

11 year-old dies in UTV crash

News

SJSO calls for service 06/20

News

Keep Louisiana Beautiful calls for Everyday Hero Award Nominations

News

Unrestrained teenager killed in fatal head-on Ascension Parish crash