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Louisiana's Elections Are Postponed Another 3 Weeks

Sarah Gamard
LSU Manship School News Service
Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Louisiana's elections have been pushed back another three weeks in response to the coronavirus. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards made it official with a proclamation Tuesday.

The Democractic presidential primary — originally scheduled for April 4, then postponed until June 20 — will now be held on July 11.

The May 9 municipal general election, first rescheduled to July 25, is now scheduled for Aug. 15.

The elections were first postponed on March 13.

Louisiana law allows the governor to postpone elections with an executive order declaring a state of emergency, and the secretary of state must agree to it. 

Gov. Edwards said on Twitter that he made the decision at the request of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.

You can read the proclamation here.


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Ashley Dean is the digital news editor for New Orleans Public Radio. Before coming to New Orleans, she was the editor of Denverite, a digital news startup now under the Colorado Public Radio umbrella. Prior to that she was a copy editor and features writer at the Denver Post, and before that, a music reporter for the Colorado Daily. She graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in journalism and from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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