elections

The State Board of Election Supervisors has recommended changes in state election laws.

The Advocate reports one of the proposals would make it a felony to copy or otherwise reproduce a completed voter registration application. The change would protect the confidentiality of such information as the individual's full date of birth and Social Security number, which could be used for fraudulent purposes.

Qualifying begins Wednesday for the March 2 special election to elect two state representatives, one from Central and another from Metairie.

The Advocate reports qualifying continues until Friday at 5 p.m.

The special elections, which will have April 6 runoffs if necessary, will replace state Reps. Clif Richardson, R-Central, who retired for health reasons, and Tony Ligi, R-Metairie, who resigned to take another job.

There are two new members of the New Orleans City Council. One political expert sees the result as a wash for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Employees at ConAgra Foods' Lamb Weston sweet potato processing plant near Delhi will decide next week whether to unionize.

Workers will vote Wednesday in an election administered by the National Labor Relations Board to determine whether they will join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, reports The News-Star reports.

A ConAgra spokeswoman at the firm's Omaha, Neb., headquarters says it doesn't want a middleman between managers and employees.

Kenner voters will go to the polls in November to decide whether to change the city's Home Rule Charter to prohibit city workers from participating in politics.

Councilman Keith Reynaud proposed the measure. He says it's a good-government concept and the proposal stems from his campaign for election in April. 

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to shorten voting hours on most election days, and Gov. Bobby Jindal must decide whether to accept the bill. Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The measure pushed by Secretary of State Tom Schedler will push back the opening to 7 a.m. on Saturday elections. The change will start in 2013. 

The Secretary of State’s Office is checking results of the race for one of two at-large seats on the New Orleans City Council. Experts don’t expect the review will the change the result.

On Saturday's election for Representative of Louisiana's Second Congressional District, three men hope to unseat 18-year incumbent William Jefferson: Libertarian Gregory Kahn, Republican Ahn 'Joseph' Cao, and Green Party candidate Malik Rahim.

None of Congressman Jefferson's challengers has been elected to government office, but Republican candidate Anh 'Joseph' Cao, a Vietnam-born lawyer from New Orleans East, sidesteps this issue by comparing himself to one recent candidate whose personal qualities trumped experience.

In the last several days, Republicans and Democrats alike have been reminding voters how important it is to get out and vote. Across the nation, citizens are making phone calls and volunteering rides to neighbors. Here in New Orleans, getting out the vote is a personal and passionate act. Eve Abrams talks with a few enthusiastic voters in New Orleans on election day.

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