By Khalil Gillon, Verite News
(Updated Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023)
Louisiana’s 2023 gubernatorial election ended Saturday (Oct. 14) with an outright primary victory for Attorney General Jeff Landry. Landry avoided a runoff election, defeating his top Democratic opponent, former State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson, with 52% of the vote — double Wilson’s share of 26%.
Turnout for the Oct. 14 primary was historically low, with only 36% of eligible voters statewide casting their ballots. In Orleans Parish, it was just 27%.
In contrast, the 2019 gubernatorial primary brought out 46% of voters statewide and 39% of Orleans Parish voters. Turnout rose to 51% statewide and 49.5% in Orleans Parish for the November 2019 runoff election between Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Eddie Rispone. High turnout in the heavily Democratic parish was seen as critical to Edwards reelection that year.
Now, with the highest-profile 2023 race in the books, the state and city may see similarly low turnout in the upcoming Nov. 18 runoff election. Still, several key statewide offices — including Secretary of State, Attorney General and state Treasurer — and some legislative districts remain undecided.
Below is a list of all the races and constitutional amendments that will appear on ballots in Orleans Parish. (Incumbents are listed in bold font.)
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
In-person: Election Day or early voting
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m on Election Day. Use the Louisiana Voter Portal to find your polling place.
Early voting begins on Nov. 3 and runs until Nov. 11, excluding Sunday, Nov. 5 and Friday Nov. 10 for Veterans Day. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations in New Orleans:
1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W24
New Orleans, LA 70112
225 Morgan Street, Room 105
New Orleans, LA 70114
Chef Menteur Voting Machine Warehouse Site
8870 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, LA 70126
Lake Vista Community Center
6500 Spanish Fort Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
For in-person voting, poll workers will accept the following forms of voter ID:
- Driver’s license
- Louisiana Special ID
- LA Wallet digital driver’s license
- United States military identification card with voter’s name and picture
- Another generally recognized picture ID with voter’s name and signature
Registered voters who do not have an ID can still cast a ballot if they sign a voter affidavit at their polling place or early voting location.
By mail: Absentee ballot
Eligible voters — including people over 65 years old, members of the military, and Louisiana residents who are temporarily out-of-state — may cast absentee ballots by mail. Full eligibility criteria and absentee ballot applications are available on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 18 election is 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. The deadline for military and overseas voters is 4:30 p.m on Nov. 17.
SECRETARY OF STATE
“Gwen” Collins-Greenup (D)
Nancy Landry (R)
Lindsey Cheek (D)
“Liz” Baker Murrill (R)
John Fleming (R)
Dustin Granger (D)
Shaun Mena (D)
Tammy M. Savoie (D)
Jacob Braud (R)
Mack Cormier (D)
Constitutional amendment to amend Article III, Section 18, relative to gubernatorial action on bills and matters related thereto; to provide relative to veto sessions; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide for related matters.
“Do you support an amendment to clarify that the timing of gubernatorial action on a bill and his return of a vetoed bill to the legislature is based upon the legislative session in which the bill passed and to authorize the legislature, if it is in session, to reconsider vetoed bills without convening a separate veto session? (Effective January 8, 2024) (Amends Article III, Section 18)”
Constitutional amendment to repeal Article VII, Sections 4(D)(4)(b), 10.4, 10.10, and 10.12(B) and (C) and Article IX, Sections 9 and 10, relative to special funds in the state treasury; to provide for the repeal of certain special funds; to provide for the transfer of remaining balances of such special funds; to provide for submission of the proposed amendments to the electors; and to provide for related matters.
“Do you support an amendment to remove provisions of the Constitution of Louisiana which created the following inactive special funds within the state treasury: Atchafalaya Basin Conservation Fund, Higher Education Louisiana Partnership Fund, Millennium Leverage Fund, Agricultural and Seafood Products Support Fund, First Use Tax Trust Fund, Louisiana Investment Fund for Enhancement and to provide for the transfer of any remaining monies in such funds to the state general fund? (Repeals Article VII, Sections 4(D)(4)(b), 10.4, 10.10, and 10.12(B) and (C) and Article IX, Sections 9 and 10)”
Constitutional amendment to add Article VII, Section 21(O), relative to ad valorem tax exemptions; to provide for an ad valorem tax exemption for certain first responders; to require the parish governing authority to approve the ad valorem tax exemption; to provide for exemption amounts; to require the tax assessor to establish a procedure to apply for the exemption; to provide for eligibility; to require taxing authorities to absorb the loss of revenue as a result of the exemptions; to provide relative to reappraisals; to provide an effective date; to provide for applicability; and to specify an election for submission of the proposition to electors and provide a ballot proposition.
“Do you support an amendment to authorize the local governing authority of a parish to provide an ad valorem tax exemption for qualified first responders? (Adds Article VII, Section 21(O))”
Constitutional amendment to amend Article VII, Section 10.15(E)(1) and (F) and to add Article VII, Section 10.15(G), relative to the use of monies in the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund; to provide for submission of the proposed amendment to the electors; and to provide for related matters.
“Do you support an amendment authorizing the legislature, after securing a two-thirds vote of each house, to use up to two hundred fifty million dollars from the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund to alleviate a budget deficit subject to conditions set forth by law and allowing the legislature to modify such conditions for accessing the monies in the fund, subject to two-thirds vote? (Amends Article VII, Section 10.15(E)(1) and (F); Adds Article VII, Section 10.15(G))”