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NPR News and New Orleans Public Radio are offering special coverage of Election Night 2016, as voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8.

Here in New Orleans, News Director Eve Troeh will be joined by Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace to provide live updates and analysis of local and statewide races. Local and national coverage begins at 8 p.m. CT and will air through 10 p.m., and national coverage from NPR will continue until at least 4 a.m.

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Note: this piece is a work of satire.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re probably aware that it’s once again election season in America. And if you do happen to live under a rock, I’m kind of envious, because, again, it’s election season in America. Choosing new leaders for our great nation tends to bring out the crazy in just about everyone every four years. 

As the presidential race gobbles up news time and headlines ahead of next month’s election, legal advocates in New Orleans want to highlight the importance of two local judicial races.

The Louisiana gubernatorial runoff will be held this Saturday, Nov. 20, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

In addition to the tight race for governor, candidates are vying for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and scores of local propositions and other races statewide, according to Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office.

Several key public officials in the New Orleans region will be on the October 24 statewide ballot. Here's a look at the race for St. Tammany Parish sheriff.

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.

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