EXECUTIVE ORDER
BJ 14-3

State of Emergency--Extension of Qualifying

WHEREAS,  According to Louisiana Revised Statute 18:401.1, the governor may, upon issuance of an executive order declaring a state of emergency or impending emergency, suspend or delay any qualifying of candidates, early voting, or elections upon the certification of the secretary of state that a state of emergency exists;
WHEREAS,  pursuant to Proclamation No. 17 BJ 2014, issued February 10, 2014, a state of emergency was declared for severe winter weather and is currently in effect;
WHEREAS,  on February 12, 2014, pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 18:401.1(B), the Secretary of State certified to the Governor that as a result of severe weather conditions, a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Bienville, DeSoto, LaSalle, Ouachita, Richland, Union, and West Carroll, and he recommends that qualifying in those parishes be suspended on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 and to conduct qualifying from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014, Friday, February 14, 2014 and Tuesday, February 18, 2014;
WHEREAS,  on February 12, 2014 pursuant to the provisions of 18:401.1(F), the Secretary of State certified to the Governor that as a result of severe weather conditions, a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Bienville, DeSoto, LaSalle, Ouachita, Richland, Union, and West Carroll, and he redesignates the deadline to file an action objecting to candidacy in La. R.S. 18:493 and 1405(A) as 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the parishes of Bienville, DeSoto, LaSalle, Ouachita, Richland, Union, and West Carroll;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1:  Under the authority of R.S. 18:401.1(B) and based on the February 12, 2014 certification from the Secretary of State that a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Bienville, DeSoto, LaSalle, Ouachita, Richland, Union, and West Carroll, and the February 12, 2014 recommendation that the qualifying period in these parishes be suspended on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 and to conduct qualifying from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014, Friday, February 14, 2014, and Tuesday, February 18, 2014, a state of emergency is hereby declared to exist in the following parishes and qualifying in the following parishes is hereby suspended for the time periods and dates designated:

Parish of Bienville, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014;

Parish of DeSoto, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014;

Parish of LaSalle, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014;

Parish of Ouachita, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014;

Parish of Richland, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014;

Parish of Union, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014;

Parish of West Carroll, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014;

SECTION 2:  In accordance with the procedures set forth in R.S. 18:401.1, qualifying in the parishes of Bienville, DeSoto, LaSalle, Ouachita, Richland, Union, and West Carroll shall be rescheduled for/and or resume at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 and conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Monday, February 17, 2014 is a legal holiday for the Clerks of Court who conduct qualifying in the parishes affected by this emergency.
SECTION 3:  The Order is effective upon signature.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 12th day of February, 2014.

Bobby Jindal
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Tom Schedler
Secretary of State