EXECUTIVE ORDER KBB 05-36

Delay of the October 15, 2005, Primary Election and the November 12, 2005, General and Proposition Election in the Parishes of Jefferson and Orleans


WHEREAS, "in order to ensure maximum citizen participation in the electoral process and provide a safe and orderly procedure for persons seeking to qualify or exercise their right to vote, to minimize to whatever degree possible a person's exposure to danger during declared states of emergency, and to protect the integrity of the electoral process," the Louisiana Legislature enacted R.S. 18:401.1 to provide "a procedure for the emergency suspension or delay and rescheduling of qualifying, absentee voting in person, and elections"; and

WHEREAS, on September 12, 2005, pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 18:401.1(B), the secretary of state certified to the governor that as a result of Hurricane Katrina a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Jefferson and Orleans and recommends that the primary election scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2005, and the general and proposition election scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2005, be delayed until such time as may be rescheduled in those parishes;

NOW THEREFORE I, KATHLEEN BABINEAUX BLANCO, 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 September 12, 2005, certification of the secretary of state that a state of emergency exists in the parishes of Jefferson and Orleans, and the recommendation that the primary and general election in Jefferson Parish be delayed, and the proposition election in the Orleans Parish be delayed, the primary election scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2005, and the general election in Jefferson Parish and the proposition election in Orleans Parish scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2005, are hereby delayed until such time as may be rescheduled.

SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 14th day of September, 2005.

 

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Al Ater
Secretary of State