EXECUTIVE ORDER KBB 05-96

Delay of the Qualifying Period and the February 4, 2006
and March 4, 2006 Elections in the Parish of 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 absentee voting in person and elections"; and

WHEREAS, on December 2, 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 parish of Orleans and recommends that the qualifying period scheduled for December 14, 2005 through December 16, 2005, and the proposition election and primary elections scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006, and the general elections scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006, be postponed and delayed;

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 December 2, 2005, certification of the secretary of state that a state of emergency exists in the parish of Orleans, and the recommendation that the qualifying period, proposition and primary elections, and the general elections in the parish of Orleans be postponed and delayed; the qualifying period scheduled for December 14, 2005 through December 16, 2005, the proposition election and primary elections scheduled for February 4, 2006, and the general elections scheduled for March 4, 2006, in the parish of Orleans, are hereby postponed and delayed and shall resume or be rescheduled as soon as practicable.

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 9th day of December, 2005.

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Al Ater
Secretary of State