Addressing the House and Governmental Affairs committee Wednesday, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler sent out an S-O-S on the condition of the state’s stock of voting machines.

“I just will tell you that it’s getting a little scary out there,” Schedler said, reminding lawmakers, “Voting machine equipment is all 15-20 years, plus.”

It’s been five years since the Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United case that allowed corporations to greatly increase their political spending. A grassroots movement is forming in New Orleans to reverse the decision.

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House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.

Rep. Jared Brossett, a Democrat from New Orleans, resigned from the House of Representatives this week to take an elected seat on the New Orleans City Council.

Kleckley set the special election to fill the House District 97 seat to coincide with the Nov. 4 congressional elections being held around Louisiana. A runoff, if needed, will be held Dec. 6.

Qualifying for candidates is set for Aug. 20 through Aug. 22.

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Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has defeated challenger Charles Foti to win re-election.

The race centered on the conditions at the city's jail. The U.S. Justice Department has said the Orleans Parish Prison is a chaotic, dangerous facility that is understaffed.

Gusman says the jail is close to being transformed and he told voters he wanted to see the problems fixed. Foti also vowed to fix the issues.

The sheriff has authority over roughly 2,000 inmates and more than 700 employees.

Voters in New Orleans are heading to the polls Saturday to decide several citywide offices. Runoffs will decide two council seats, the sheriff, the coroner and a request for funds from the Audubon Nature Institute.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is among the candidates who managed to win their campaigns in the primary. A few will be back on a ballot next month.

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New Orleans voters are heading to the polls today. They’ll decide if incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu gets a second four-year term.

Many elections will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, including municipal primary elections for New Orleans mayor, city council and coroner.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

You can find information on the races in your area, including polling precincts and sample ballots, on the Louisiana Secretary of State's website:

Click here for the full website.

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Pop Quiz: Which New Orleans official was first elected to office in 1974 and has been reelected to that same office nine times, serving a total of 40 consecutive years on the job? Here’s a hint: the office is in charge of mental health commitments, sexual assault examinations, and... classifying the dead.

If you guessed Frank Minyard, the Coroner of New Orleans, you are right. But, for the first time in four decades, Mr. Minyard will not be on the ballot this Saturday. We take a look into who is vying to become New Orleans’ next coroner.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who easily won re-election in 2010 after seeing his career put in jeopardy by a prostitution scandal just three years before, confirmed Tuesday that he will run for governor in his state in 2015.