Louisiana is making progress towards ensuring free and fair elections for all voters. In addition to taking steps towards replacing its vulnerable electronic voting machines, the state has moved to re-enfranchise some people with criminal convictions. These steps are vital in ensuring that all Louisianans have confidence in the fairness and impartiality of its elections.

In recent years, however, a new threat has arisen that could undercut that confidence. Secretaries of state across the United States have increasingly showed a willingness to use their official powers to influence their own election contests. When public officials use their power to tilt the playing field in their favor, they weaken public confidence in elections, which undergirds our democratic system. This can’t be allowed to happen in Louisiana.

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