1

Vote in every election

Express their voice through their VOTE.

Educates themselves about the candidates.

Turns out at least one other voter.

2

Take part in the
2020 U.S. Census

Understands that a full and proper Census count, especially in traditionally disenfranchised communities, is crucial to getting access to the resources those communities need.

Knows that a full and proper Census count is an important part of building political power in Louisiana.

Reaches out to family, friends, and neighbors to educate them about the importance of the 2020 Census.

3

Hold their elected officials accountable

Educates candidates and elected officials about the issues facing their community.

Follows up with elected officials to make sure they are actually fighting to fix those issues.

Stays engaged in the political process outside of election season.

Find Your Polling Location

Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Voter Portal to find out everything you need to know about your polling locations, home district, and elected officials. You can also check your voter registration and find out how to get an Absentee Ballot or Provisional Ballot.

Knowing Your District

Our partner, the Louisiana Budget Project, breaks down what you need to know about every House and Senate district in Louisiana. Visit their District Fact Sheets page to learn more about your home district.

1. Create greater economic opportunity for all

Louisiana is one of five states that doesn’t have a minimum wage, instead reverting to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. We also have one of the biggest gender pay disparities in the country and the second highest poverty rate in the U.S.

Those facts all intersect. Louisiana has a higher proportion of its population working in minimum-wage jobs than any other state. Women account for two-thirds of minimum-wage workers. And, since women often serve as the heads of their households in a state with the second highest incarceration rate in the U.S. (and, in turn, the world), these conditions keep our state and our people trapped in a cycle of poverty.

If we are going to create economic opportunity for all Louisianans, and in turn lift our state’s economy up across the board, then we need to focus on creating greater economic opportunity for everyone, especially those who have been disproportionately harmed by our state’s history of bending to the will of big business and the ultra-wealthy.

We can accomplish these goals in a number of ways. We could set a state minimum wage that is actually a living wage and/or we could give cities and parishes the freedom to set their own minimum wage and family and sick leave policies. We could also mandate equal pay for women, or, at the very least, pass pay transparency legislation that protects workers when they discuss their wages with each other, which has been proven to reduce gender and racial pay disparity.

Given that Governor John Bel Edwards has proposed a gradual and small minimum wage increase every year of his first term in office, and that his proposal hasn’t passed, we can also take another approach. Currently, the state bans (or pre-empts) cities and parishes from setting their own minimum wage. By repealing this pre-emption law, we can give local lawmakers the freedom to set a wage floor that works for their constituents and for their local economies. Visit unleashlocal.org to learn more about the campaign to repeal this ban on local freedom.

2. Sustain and continue to expand criminal and juvenile justice reforms

Louisiana currently has the second highest incarceration rate in the U.S., which means we also have the second highest incarceration rate in the world. Until a couple of years ago, we held the top spot in that ranking.

Primarily driven by the 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiative–a set of 10 bills that passed the Louisiana legislature with bi-partisan support–our state has slowly but steadily reduced its incarceration rate and is starting to take a smarter approach to criminal justice. However, there are some forces in our state that would like to see us turn back.

Smart criminal justice reform has reduced crime rates in our state, saved us money, and put us on a path to a more equitable society. Furthermore, the people of our state see those results and are happy with them. They showed their support by voting overwhelmingly to pass Amendment 2 in November, 2018, which outlawed the use of non-unanimous juries as of January 1, 2019.

In order to continue down the road of criminal justice reform, we will not only have to sustain the changes we’ve already made, we will have to take further steps toward re-enfranchisement and disrupting—or, better yet, eliminating—the school-to-prison pipeline. We’ve made a lot of progress in just the past few years, but there is still a long way to go.

 

3. Prioritize fiscal fairness

Louisiana is often thought of as a low-tax state. But that isn’t actually the case. Our overall tax burden is fairly average, it’s just disproportionately laid on the shoulders of poor and working class folks. In truth, we aren’t so much a low-tax state as we are a regressive-tax state.

If we’re going to unlock the economic potential of our people and of our state as a whole, we’re going to need to change that dynamic. Instead of giving away massive amounts in corporate welfare—in fact, more corporate welfare per resident than any state in the U.S., at an average of about $3000 per resident—we need to invest in the people who work for those corporations.

Much of that corporate welfare goes to major polluters, especially along the so-called “Cancer Alley,” which runs along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Not only are we giving away all of that money, we’re giving it to companies that are directly harming the health of the people of our state. At the same time, people who want to start small businesses are eligible for very few tax breaks, or none at all.

There are many legislative tools at our disposal that can help us reverse our state’s long history of favoring corporations and the wealthy over the majority of our people. We can cut tax breaks for corporations, raise taxes on the wealthy, reduce the state sales tax (which is the second highest in the country and disproportionately impacts poor people), and raise the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families (which is currently among the lowest in the country).

Just as importantly, we can start talking about these issues in a meaningful way. Too often when we talk about economics and taxation we tiptoe around topics like poverty and economic opportunity for marginalized populations. Instead, we focus only on the middle-class or rely on empty talking points.

If we want to improve upon our last place, or near-last place, rankings in categories like poverty, education, and health outcomes, or fix our crumbling infrastructure, it’s time to stop balancing our budget on the backs of the poor.

 

4. Define an equitable and fair redistricting process
Government transparency and accountability are crucial to a properly functioning democracy. When those principles are undermined, people can begin to lose faith in the processes and institutions of their government, and ultimately in the entire system.
Unfortunately, many Americans are increasingly losing faith in their government. While the reasons for that are many, the redistricting process—and, to be more precise, Gerrymandering—have helped to fuel the decline in public trust.

Gerrymandered districts—those drawn to specifically benefit and/or disenfranchise particular groups, e.g., political parties or races—are responsible for several of the current problems facing our political system. Along with violating public trust and disproportionately benefiting or harming certain groups, gerrymandering also leads to greater partisanship, since it often creates “safe” legislative seats that allow candidates to stake out positions that appeal to their political base, not a wide swath of the populace. Ultimately, gerrymandering creates a less representative version of democracy.

The next round of redistricting will take place in 2021. If we are to create a fairer, more equitable system in Louisiana, we will have to start the process now. That means educating people about taking the 2020 U.S. Census, which is used to determine redistricting. We also need to educate people about the redistricting process, including best redistricting practices in other states, reaching out to hard-to-count communities in time for the 2020 Census, and passing rules in the legislature that will govern how redistricting takes place.

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In 2016, The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice mobilized constituencies with a targeted voting strategy to push for real voice and power by reaching more than 30,000 infrequent voters of color statewide, including Jefferson, Orleans, Calcasieu, Terrebonne, East Baton Rouge, Ouachita, Caddo and Bossier parishes.

In 2017, PCEJ focused on increasing the mobilizing capacity of our partners by moving to a paperless program for the Orleans Parish elections. We recorded over 53,000 contact attempts in the 2017 Orleans parish elections, increasing voter turnout of infrequent voters we successfully contacted by more than 15%. Our 2017 Voter Contact report provides a more complete picture of our work in the past year.

Frequently Asked Questions About Voting

Secretary of State Elections Division, P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804 and you can 1-800-883-2805 or visit online at www.GeauxVote.com  

Your local Registrar of Voter:

East Baton Rouge
222 St. Louis Street, Suite 201, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 389-3940 eastbatonrougerova@sos.la.gov

Jefferson Parish
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 502, Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 736-6191 Jeffersonrova@sos.la.gov

5001 West Bank Expressway, Suite C-2, Marrero, LA 70072
(504) 349-5690 Jeffersonrovb@sos.la.gov

408 Minor Street, Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 467-5168 Jeffersonovc@sos.la.gov

Orleans Parish
City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, #1W23, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 658-8300 Orleansova@sos.la.gov

225 Morgan Street, Room 105, New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 658-8323 Orleansovc@sos.la.gov

Calcasieu Parish
Parish Courthouse, 1000 Ryan St – Rm 7, Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 721-4000 Calcasieurov@sos.la.gov

Terrebonne Parish
8026 Main Street, Suite 101 Houma, La 70360
(985) 873-6533 Terrebonnerov@sos.la.gov

Caddo Parish
525 Marshall, Suite 103 Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 226-6891 Caddorov@sos.la.gov

Each voter is required to identify himself or herself by giving his or her name and address to a commissioner; and by presenting a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card or other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the name and signature of the applicant or completing an Identification Affidavit if no photo identification is available. A voter without photo ID is subject to challenge by law. You may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting your voter information card to the Office of Motor Vehicles.

To vote in Louisiana, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Louisiana and the parish you are registering in
  • At least 17 years old and 18 years old prior to the next election
  • Not currently under an order of imprisonment for conviction of afelony or a judgment of interdiction for mental incompetence

Online: www.GeauxVote.com

Phone: Call the Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-883-2805

Find a paper form at:

  • Your Local Post Office
  • Office of Motor Vehicles
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services offices including WIC, food stamp, and Medicaid offices
  • Armed Forces recruitment offices
  • Offices for persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers or Independent Living offices

You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like you are voting on Election Day. Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so at the parish registrar of voters office or at designated locations in the parish from 8.30 am to 6 pm from 14 days to seven days prior to any scheduled election.