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BATON ROUGE, La. – The last elections in Louisiana (all times local):

10:37 am

The state secretary of Louisiana is a confrontation between two persons between Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup in December.

The candidates for the official election of the Louisiana summit were the voters of the nine who compete for the job during Tuesday's vote. The drain takes place on 8 December.

The winner completes the remaining year of Republican Tom Schedler's term, which resigned in May after one of his employees sued him for sexual harassment.

Ardoin is Schedler's best assistant who works in the interim function. Although he was only a few months in service, Ardoin ran like the seated one.

Collins-Greenup reached the run-off in a surprise rebellion of another candidate preferred by the Democratic Party, Renee Fontenot Free. Collins-Greenup, a Clinton lawyer, raised only about $ 3,000 for her campaign.

10:10 am

Once a political upstart and now a sitting, Republican US delegate Clay Higgins returns to Washington for a second term in the Louisiana congress delegation.

Higgins defeated six challengers during Tuesday's open primary elections to retain the 3rd District seat that represents southwest and south-central Louisiana.

The captain of the former sheriff named "Cajun John Wayne" for his striking segments of Crime Stoppers surprised the political establishment when he won the home seat in 2016. This time he had the support of President Donald Trump and the GOP leaders of the state.

Higgins' opponents included Republican Josh Guillory, a lawyer from Lafayette and Iraqi war veteran and Democrat Mimi Methvin, a former federal magistrate judge from Lafayette.

The 3rd district includes all or part of 10 parishes, including Lake Charles and most of Acadiana.


9:55 am

The voters in Louisiana want to put an end to raids in the State's Transportation Trust Fund, to keep dollars available only for road, bridge, port and airport operations.

Louisiana's constitution allowed the trust fund with state revenues for petrol and fuel to be spent on transport projects and traffic control activities in the state of Louisiana.

Under a constitutional amendment approved at the election of Tuesday, the state police will be removed from the list.

Governors used the money to fill gaps in the national police budget, with an estimated $ 700 million that has been diverted to state police since 1991.

Government John Bel Edwards ended the practice, but lawmakers who sent amendment 4 to the electorate did not want future governors and legislators to be given the option.

Large increases in property taxes in Louisiana will be delayed, so that homeowners have time to adjust.

Voters at Tuesday's elections supported a constitutional amendment requiring a four-year lead-in period of higher property taxes when the revaluation of a tax assistant increases the value of a home by more than 50 percent.

The amendment only applies to property that qualifies for an exemption from the state balance.

The state legislators have approved the proposal earlier this year.

Proponents of Amendment 6 said that homeowners should be given time to adjust to significant tax increases caused by sharp clean-up of the home value for a neighborhood. Opponents said that the relaxation of such wealth tax increases robs the local government of the money they owe, creates headaches for tax collectors and continues inequalities between homeowners.

The Louisiana electorate has decided that local government agencies must be able to share equipment and personnel.

Constitutional amendment 3 which won the donations during the Tuesday elections.

The provision deals with a judgment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana that allows public authorities to make such sub-agreements, but only for something equivalent in exchange.

The constitutional amendment authorizes donations of public equipment or personnel between agencies for a specific activity or function if they have a written agreement. Nothing of comparable value will have to be exchanged.

The legislators of the state approved the proposal earlier this year, which led to the vote.

9:50 am

The American Rep. Steve Scalise, the third House Republican, has defeated five opponents to win re-election at his 1st seat in the southeast of Louisiana district.

Tuesday's victory in the open base was Scalise's first election since he survived life-threatening injuries from a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in 2017.

Scalise, from Jefferson Parish, was first elected to Congress in 2008. He will enter his sixth term, from where he is expected to advance in GOP leadership if the Republicans control the House.

The congressman was confident in his re-election to represent the conservative district that spans part of New Orleans and a large part of the New Orleans suburb. He campaigned most of the election cycle for GOP contenders elsewhere.

Among the opponents of Scalise were Democrats Tammy Savoie of New Orleans and Jim Francis of Covington.

9:47 am

The Republican American Rep. Mike Johnson has defeated two opponents to retain his seat representing the Fourth Congressional District of Louisiana for a second term.

Johnson, a former Benton state legislator, easily won Tuesday's open primary elections to hold on to the northwest of Louisiana.

He had little competition from his opponents: Mark David Halverson, Bossier City, who ran without a party meeting, and Ryan Trundle, a Democrat from Shreveport. Trundle could not compete on the fundraising circuit and Halverson did not report any money at all.

The 4th district is largely rural and extends from the line of Arkansas to the southwest of Louisiana, including the area of ​​Shreveport.

9:28 am

Despite multiple opponents, Republican Garret Graves Graves won a third term that represented the 6th district of Louisiana in Congress without a second election.

Graves defeated three other candidates in the open primary of Tuesday. The former assistant of the congress and former coastal head of the state of Baton Rouge won the seat for the first time in 2014.

Among the opponents of Graves was Justin DeWitt, a Democrat of Baton Rouge who described himself as the first openly gay candidate to go to a conference seat in Louisiana.

Also on the voting were Devin Lance Graham, an independent from Gonzales, and Andie Saizan, a Democrat from Springfield. Only DeWitt and Saizan reported fundraising, but Graves' billions campaign account reduced the donations of its competitors.

The 6th district comprises all or a part of 13 parishes, around Baton Rouge and extends in the southeast in the parishes Terrebonne and Lafourche.

21.22 hours

Louisiana & # 39; s property tax rules will change.

The state exempts the first $ 75,000 value of a property from property taxes. According to current legislation, tax assessments are frozen for elderly, disabled veterans and others. In addition, the state gives higher tax reliefs for property to homeowners who are spouses of people in the army, state police, local police and fire brigade who die in the line of their duty.

Voters in the Tuesday election supported a constitutional change, listed as Amendment 5, which will extend the existing special property tax treatment to homes placed in a trust.

The legislators of the state approved the proposal earlier this year, which led to the vote.

9:12 am

The Republican American representative Ralph Abraham has crossed over to a third term as a congressman for the 5th district of Louisiana.

Although he had three opponents, Abraham easily won re-election in Tuesday's open base for the chair for northeast and central Louisiana.

Then he will get questions about whether he wants to challenge the Democratic government John Bel Edwards in the 2019 elections. Abraham, a doctor from the rural Richland Parish, said he is watching the race.

In his re-election bid, Abraham Billy Burkette, an independent member of the East Feliciana Parish, defeated; Jessee Fleenor, a Democrat from the Tangipahoa parish; and Kyle Randol, a Libertarian from Monroe. Only Fleenor reported fundraising for campaigns.

The largely rural 5th district contains all or part of 24 parishes, including parishes running along the Mississippi state line.


9:12 am

The democratic U. Rep. Cedric Richmond will return to Washington for a fifth term representing the Second District of Louisiana in Congress.

Richmond, chairman of the influential Congressional Black Caucus, defeated three opponents without party tie at Tuesday's open primary elections.

The New Orleans legislator is the only Democrat and only African American currently in the Louisiana congress delegation. The largest minority district that he represents includes most of New Orleans, the Mississippi River rising up in a section of Baton Rouge.

Richmond, a former state legislator elected Congress in 2010, was considered safe, but the Republican party did not contest it. His opponents did little to fundraising for their campaigns.

The three competitors were Belden "Noonie Man" Batiste from New Orleans, Shawndra Rodriguez from Baton Rouge and Jesse Schmidt from Gretna.

9:05 am

Convicted criminals in Louisiana will have to wait five years after they have served their sentences before they can start working in the state.

Voters in Tuesday's elections agreed to Amendment 1, which laid down the new ban in Louisiana's constitution.

Louisiana had an amendment that blocking criminals from seeking office for 15 years after serving their sentences. The State Supreme Court overturned the provision in 2016, with voters approving a version that differs from the law passed by the legislator.

Legislators debated the re-enactment of the ban for several years without reaching an agreement. The five-year provision was a compromise that won the last passage of the state house and the senate earlier this year and put it to the vote.

8 pm

Polls are closed in Louisiana's election.

Top of the vote is a special election for the Secretary of State, for the remaining year of the Republican Tom Schedler's term, which resigned in May amid an abuse of sexual harassment.

Nine candidates participate, including Schedler's best assistant, Republican Kyle Ardoin, who worked as interim secretary of the state.

Other Republicans who compete for the task include Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud, former Senator A.G. Crowe, Rep. Rick Edmonds and Rep. Julie Stokes. Democrats are Renee Fontenot Free, a former first assistant of two state secretaries and lawyer Gwen Collins-Greenup.

The race is expected to be removed on 8 December.

Louisiana's seats in the American house are also obvious, with all six sitting congressmen looking for re-election.

18.30 hours

The chief election official in the Parish of Orleans says that the turnout has been good and the votes are running smoothly.

Arthur Morrell says he hopes that "something has shocked the voters and made them realize how important it is to vote."

Morrell says, however, that his office has encountered one problem. A new operator of a charter took over a school on Esplanade Avenue which has been a polling station for a long time. The new school management decided not to let voters use a schoolyard behind the building for parking.

That makes it especially difficult for disabled voters. He says he is working on it to get the situation resolved.



Many voters in Louisiana did not receive the "I voted" stickers on the election day.

The lawyer reports that the secretary's office said in a Twitter message that & # 39; budgetary constraints & # 39; the agency was unable to submit the stickers for Tuesday's votes.

Louisiana & # 39; s 2016 "I voted" stickers were an internet sensation because they had a George Rodrique blue dog and started selling on sites such as eBay.

Some voices in Lafayette received the more traditional "I voted" stickers, but many early voters did not.

After complaints had appeared on social media, the secretary's office said that local clerks were responsible for providing them. But the clerk of the court of Baton Rouge said that the office of the secretary of state must supply them.

11:35 am

No significant problems were reported when voters cast their vote in Louisiana.

The secretary's office reported that only one voting location was hit because of the heavy weather that spread over the state. The report says the power was only about 15 minutes off and that the voting machines were not affected by battery backups.

Polls did not open as planned at 6 a.m. Tuesday at a high school in the city of Iowa in Calcasieu Parish. Clerk of the Court Lynn Jones says there was a miscommunication about unlocking the doors at J.I. Watson Middle School.

Voters take part in a special election for State Secretary. There is also a proposed constitutional amendment that requires a unanimous jury for all felony convictions.


Louisiana has one state-wide position on the ballot – a special election to fill a secretary of state seat who is left scandal because of a sexual intimidation.

In addition to fulfilling the main job of the elections, Louisiana voters decide on Tuesday whether they want to bring six established US GPs to Washington for a new term and whether they should rewrite six provisions in the state constitution.

Under the constitutional amendments are proposals that require unanimous jury judgments for all felony convictions in Louisiana and those convicted felons in Louisiana have to wait five years after they have served their sentence before they can flee to their office.

The packed primary competition for Secretary of State and for Louisiana's other chairs lacked the attention-grabbing nature of state racing throughout the country.

Run-off elections, if necessary, will be on 8 December.