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When's The Next Election?

UPCOMING DATES
March 25, 2017
Louisiana : Municipal Primary Election
April 29, 2017
Louisiana : Municipal General Election
October 14, 2017
Louisiana : Open Primary/Orleans Municipal Parochial Primary
November 18, 2017
Louisiana : Open General/Orleans Municipal Parochial General

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Louisiana

Some natives of Lousiana consider themselves Cajun or Creole. Cajun refers to a cross-cultural mix of several ethnic groups, including French Creole, Spanish, German and Anglo-American. The word Creole comes from the Spanish word "Criollo," which means "one from the colony."

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson doubled the size of the United States by purchasing the Louisiana Territory—828,000 square miles of land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains—from France. Louisiana was the first of 13 states, or parts of states, to be carved out of the territory in 1812.

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Due to slow communications, the Battle of New Orleans was fought two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814, ending the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. General Andrew Jackson, who led between 6,000 and 7,000 troops to victory, emerged from the battle a national hero.

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At 34 stories high and 450 feet tall, the Louisiana State Capitol is the tallest of all state capitol buildings. On September 8, 1935, Senator Huey Long—who had been instrumental in convincing the public to construct the new building in 1935—was assassinated in one of its corridors.

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Louisiana is home to a wide diversity of cultures. Two prominent ethnic groups are Cajuns, descendants of a French-speaking group of Acadians from Canada, and Creoles, people with a mixed French, Spanish, Caribbean, African and/or Indian background.

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Hurricane Katrina hit landfall in southeastern Louisiana on August 29, 2005, as a Category 3 storm. The most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history, it resulted in more than 1,800 deaths—over 1,500 of which were in Louisiana—and close to $100 billion in damages.

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State of Louisiana Quick Facts
  • Current Population:4,670,724
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 8
  • Congressional Districts: 6
  • Date of Statehood: April 30, 1812
  • Size: 51,988 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Pelican State; Sportsman’s Paradise
  • Tree: Bald Cypress
  • Flower: Magnolia
  • Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
Registered Voters

Register Total: 2,947,688

  • White : 1,887,319
  • Black : 920,189
  • Other : 140,180

Democrats Total: 1,328,350

  • White : 565,675
  • Black : 720,720
  • Other : 41,955

Republican: 866,180

  • White : 811,180
  • Black : 22,530
  • Other : 32,569

Other Parties: 753,158

  • White : 510,563
  • Black : 176,939
  • Other : 65,656

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Louisiana?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Louisiana.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Louisiana does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Louisiana?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Louisiana, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    Apply in person to register to vote at any registrar of voters office

    By Mail

    You can also Register by Mail

    Online

    Apply online to register to vote or make changes to your registration

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    No specific law requiring time off to vote.

    Louisiana State Government

    Louisiana Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the People of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political, economic, and religious liberties we enjoy, and desiring to protect individual rights to life, liberty, and property; afford opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; assure equality of rights; promote the health, safety, education, and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; ensure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and justice to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution.

    No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws. No law shall discriminate against a person because of race or religious ideas, beliefs, or affiliations...

    The Executive Branch
    Louisiana State capitol building in Baton Rouge Louisiana

    Executive Power

    The executive branch shall consist of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of insurance, superintendent of education, commissioner of elections, and all other executive offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the state.

    Number of Departments. Except for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, all offices, agencies, and other instrumentalities of the executive branch and their functions, powers, duties, and responsibilities shall be allocated according to function within not more than twenty departments. The powers, functions, and duties allocated by this constitution to any executive office or commission shall not be affected or diminished by the allocation provided herein except as authorized by Section 20 of this Article.

    Reallocation of the functions, powers, and duties of all departments, offices, agencies, and other instrumentalities of the executive branch, except those functions, powers, duties, and responsibilities allocated by this constitution, shall be as provided by law.

    Louisiana Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Louisiana State capitol building in Baton Rouge Louisiana

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state is vested in a legislature, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The Senate shall be composed of one senator elected from each senatorial district. The House of Representatives shall be composed of one representative elected from each representative district.

    The legislature is a continuous body during the term for which its members are elected; however, a bill or resolution not finally passed in any session shall be withdrawn from the files of the legislature.

    The legislature shall meet annually in regular session for a limited number of legislative days in the state capital. A legislative day is a calendar day on which either house is in session.

    Judicial Branch
    Louisiana State capitol building in Baton Rouge Louisiana

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power is vested in a supreme court, courts of appeal, district courts, and other courts authorized by this Article

    A judge may issue writs of habeas corpus and all other needful writs, orders, and process in aid of the jurisdiction of his court. Exercise of this authority by a judge of the supreme court or of a court of appeal is subject to review by the whole court. The power to punish for contempt of court shall be limited by law.

    The supreme court shall be composed of a chief justice and six associate justices, four of whom must concur to render judgment. The term of a supreme court judge shall be ten years.

    Louisiana Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(105)
    (42)(60)(3)
    State Senators(39)
    (14)(25)
    US Representatives(6)
    (1)(5)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Louisiana Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall be the chief executive officer of the state. He shall faithfully support the constitution and laws of the state and of the United States and shall see that the laws are faithfully executed.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible for any statewide elective office, a person, by the date of his qualification as a candidate, shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, be an elector, and have been a citizen of the United States and of this state for at least the preceding five years.

    Election

    Louisiana is one of the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither presidential nor midterm years.

    Term of Office

    the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of insurance, superintendent of education, and commissioner of elections each shall be elected for a term of four years by the electors of the state at the time and place of voting for members of the legislature.

    Limit on Tenure

    A person who has served as governor for more than one and one-half terms in two consecutive terms shall not be elected governor for the succeeding term.

    Salary

    $130,000

    Qualification age

    Have attained the age of 25 years.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    he lieutenant governor shall serve ex officio as a member of each committee, board, and commission on which the governor serves. He shall exercise the powers delegated to him by

    Qualifications

    To be eligible for any statewide elective office, a person, by the date of his qualification as a candidate, shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, be an elector, and have been a citizen of the United States and of this state for at least the preceding five years.

    Election

    Louisiana belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections; that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither presidential nor midterm years.

    Term of Office

    the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of insurance, superintendent of education, and commissioner of elections each shall be elected for a term of four years by the electors of the state at the time and place of voting for members of the legislature.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits on this office.

    Salary

    $115,000

    Qualification age

    Have attained the age of 25 years.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    the attorney general shall have authority (1) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any civil action or proceeding; (2) upon the written request of a district attorney, to advise and assist in the prosecution of any criminal case; and (3) for cause, when authorized by the court which would have original jurisdiction and subject to judicial review, (a) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any criminal action or proceeding, or (b) to supersede any attorney representing the state in any civil or criminal action. The attorney general shall exercise other powers and perform other duties authorized by this constitution or by law.

    Qualifications

    In addition, the attorney general shall have been admitted to the practice of law in the state for at least the five years preceding his election.

    Election

    The Louisiana Constitution prescribes that all statewide executive officials, including the attorney general, be elected for a term of four years, and that their term begin "at noon on the second Monday in January next following the election.

    Term of Office

    the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of insurance, superintendent of education, and commissioner of elections each shall be elected for a term of four years by the electors of the state at the time and place of voting for members of the legislature.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for Louisiana's statewide executive officials other than the governor.

    Salary

    $115,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least 25 years old.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary of state shall head the department and shall be the chief election officer of the state. He shall prepare and certify the ballots for all elections, promulgate all election returns, and administer the election laws, except those relating to voter registration and custody of voting machines.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible for any statewide elective office, a person, by the date of his qualification as a candidate, shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, be an elector, and have been a citizen of the United States and of this state for at least the preceding five years. In addition, the attorney general shall have been admitted to the practice of law in the state for at least the five years preceding this election. During his tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office except by virtue of his elected office.

    Election

    s with other state executive officers, the secretary of state is elected to serve for a term of four years in length, which runs concurrently with the term of the governor.

    Term of Office

    the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of insurance, superintendent of education, and commissioner of elections each shall be elected for a term of four years by the electors of the state at the time and place of voting for members of the legislature.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $115,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least 25 years old.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    There shall be a Department of the Treasury. The treasurer shall head the department and shall be responsible for the custody, investment, and disbursement of the public funds of the state, except as otherwise provided by this constitution. He shall report annually to the governor and to the legislature at least one month before each regular session on the financial condition of the state, and shall have other powers and perform other duties authorized by this constitution or provided by law.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible for any statewide elective office, a person, by the date of his qualification as a candidate, shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, be an elector, and have been a citizen of the United States and of this state for at least the preceding five years.During his tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office except by virtue of his elected office.

    Election

    Louisiana elects treasurers to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years.

    Term of Office

    The treasurer is elected every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $115,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least 25 years of age.

    Louisiana State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, deciding all points of order and appointing the membership of all House committees.

    Qualifications

    An elector who at the time of qualification as a candidate has attained the age of eighteen years, resided in the state for the preceding two years, and been actually domiciled for the preceding year in the legislative district from which he seeks election is eligible for membership in the legislature.

    Election

    For scores of years we conducted our party primaries in the winter of the odd numbered years, with any necessary 2d primary held in January. Because Republican voter registration was so miniscule from 1877 until 1980, the general elections were mere irritants to the Democrat primary victor. Once we scrapped the partisan primary system [1975] we set the entire system up to run in the fall of the odd numbered year, our traditional election season.

    Term of Office

    Members of the House serve four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Limiting representatives to three terms.

    Salary

    $16,800/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Must be 18 years of age or older.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The President and President Pro Tempore of the Senate are elected by the full body, needing at least 20 votes for confirmation. The President is the presiding officer of the body, whose duties include preserving order, calling votes, appointing/removing members of each Senate and conference committee, and approving all expenditures of the Senate. In the absence of the President, the President Pro Tempore assumes all duties of the position.

    Qualifications

    An elector who at the time of qualification as a candidate has attained the age of eighteen years, resided in the state for the preceding two years, and been actually domiciled for the preceding year in the legislative district from which he seeks election is eligible for membership in the legislature.

    Election

    Thirty-nine members, who are elected to four-year terms, serve in the chamber.

    Term of Office

    Elected to four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits 3 terms (12 years) .

    Salary

    $16,800/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Must be 18 years of age or older .

    Louisiana State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The supreme court has general supervisory jurisdiction over all other courts. It may establish procedural and administrative rules not in conflict with law and may assign a sitting or retired judge to any court.

    Qualifications

    A qualified candidate for the Supreme Court of Louisiana must have been admitted to practice law in the state for 10 years, must have been domiciled in the respective district, circuit or parish for one year preceding election and must be younger than 70 years old.

    Election

    The court includes seven justices who are elected for 10-year terms in partisan elections.

    Term of Office

    The term of a supreme court judge shall be ten years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $167,000

    Associates salary

    $159,000

    Qualification age

    be younger than 70 years old

    The Court Appeal
    Authority

    Except as otherwise provided by this constitution, a court of appeal has appellate jurisdiction of (1) all civil matters, including direct review of administrative agency determinations in worker's compensation matters as heretofore or hereafter provided by law, (2) all matters appealed from family and juvenile courts, and (3) all criminal cases triable by a jury, except as provided in Section 5, Paragraph (D)(2) of this Article. It has supervisory jurisdiction over cases which arise within its circuit.

    Qualifications

    Court Appeal of Louisiana must have been admitted to practice law in the state for 10 years, must have been domiciled in the respective district, circuit or parish for one year preceding election and must be younger than 70 years old.

    Election

    Judges of the Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal are elected in partisan elections

    Term of Office

    Once elected, judges serve 10-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $152,091

    Qualification age

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