A proposal to shorten voting hours on most election days in Louisiana has been killed by state senators.
The chairman of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, Republican Sen. Jody Amedee of Gonzales, cast the deciding vote Wednesday to keep the House-approved bill tied up in committee, with a 4-4 vote.
Opponents say the change could limit voting opportunities for people.
Webster Parish Clerk of Court Holli Vining disagrees.
"With the previous extension of early voting and the opportunity of mail-in ballots, no citizen would have been prevented from voting by a one hour reduction in voting hours," Vining said. "I would never support a bill that limited those rights. I am disappointed for the election commissioners who will now continue to work a 16 hour election day."
Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The measure would have pushed back the opening of polls to 7 a.m. on Saturday elections.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the bill would shorten work days for poll workers. He says even with the change, the state would offer 79 hours to vote with early voting days included.