Minden Press-Herald

Friday
Aug 29th

Voting hours bill revived

A proposal to shorten voting hours on most election days in Louisiana was revived by a state Senate committee that killed the idea earlier this month and is now headed to the Senate floor on Tuesday.

"The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association was very pleased to hear the bill passed through committee," said Webster Parish Clerk of Court Holli Vining, a proponent of the bill.

Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The House-approved measure pushed by Secretary of State Tom Schedler would push back the opening of polls to 7 a.m. on Saturday elections.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, which had voted against the idea, reversed course Tuesday and sent it to the full Senate for debate.

Schedler says he's seeking the change to shorten work days for poll workers. He says 2.5 percent of voter turnout usually occurs in that first hour.

Opponents say the change could limit voting opportunities for people.

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