Nov 16, 2023 - Politics

A voter's guide to Louisiana's general election

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Saturday marks Louisianans' final chance to vote this year.

Why it matters: Voters will make selections in the runoffs for secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general, as well as decide several constitutional amendment questions.

Catch up fast: Though many politicos expected this general election to include a gubernatorial runoff, Louisiana voters already handed a decisive — and unexpected — win to Gov.-elect Jeff Landry.

The big picture: The surprise victory has left local political commentators and various national media outlets wondering what's next for the future of the state's Democratic party after it failed to force a runoff in the race.

Yes, but: Interest in Saturday's general election seems to have only dropped since October.

  • Data from the Secretary of State's office shows that less than 9% of Louisiana's registered voters made their selections early, down nearly 4% from the primary just a month ago.
  • The disinterest is even greater in New Orleans, where just 4.34% of voters cast ballots early, about half of the 8.3% of early votes in October.

What we're watching: The outcome of the attorney general runoff could hand Landry another state office ally.

  • In the runoff for Landry's replacement as the state's top prosecutor are Democrat Lindsey Cheek and Republican Liz Baker Murrill, who has served as Landry's top deputy during his tenure in the office.

Meanwhile: Voters will also make decisions on four constitutional amendments.

  • Among them is a change to the veto override process, a proposal to close select state bank accounts, a property tax exemption for first responders and a change to withdrawals from state savings accounts.

Be smart: The Secretary of State's Office has the proposed amendment language, and Louisiana Illuminator has a more detailed explainer.

Go deeper: Head to the Secretary of State's office website to find your sample ballot and polling locations.


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