2024 Policy Priorities

Constitutional Convention

Power Coalition opposes the call for a 2024 Louisiana Constitutional Convention

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    HB 800

    Calls for a Constitutional Convention
    Sponsored by Representative Beau Bealieu
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    HB800 is rushing a Constitutional Convention that would re-write our state constitution without any input from the voters and jeopardize funding for critical state programming, including education. Urge legislators to vote NO and not call for a 2024 Constitutional Convention.

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    Voting Rights

    Power Coalition is advocating for legislation that will increase democratic opportunities in Louisiana. Contact your legislators today and ask them to support these important bills!

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      SB 96

      Clarify Voter Registration Deadlines
      Sponsored by Senator Samuel Jenkins
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      Senate Bill 96 would clarify voter registration deadlines. Currently, Louisiana has two separate voter registration deadlines:

      The deadline to register to vote in person, by mail or at the OMV Office is generally 30 days prior to the election.    

      The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is generally 20 days prior to the election.

      To register through the GeauxVote portal, voters must have a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana special ID card that has the four-digit audit code on Louisiana IDs.
      This legislation would update the law so that a person registering to vote in person at a Registrar of Voters Office who has a Louisiana ID and can provide the audit code would be eligible to register up to 20 days before an election instead of 30 days. 

      This updated legislation helps people who otherwise may not have access to a computer/internet or who need help navigating the online portal and can get assistance from staff at the Registrar of Voters. Registrar staff could assist voters in completing the online application to ensure there are no delays in transcribing information from a written form. 

      This bill would alleviate confusion regarding voter registration deadlines. 

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      HB 319

      Reason for Polling Place Changes
      Sponsored by Representative Candace Newell
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      House Bill 319 would require that when a polling location is changed, that the reason for the change must be identified online. In recent years, polling locations have been changed ahead of elections due to storms, power outages, staffing concerns, and other last minute local changes. 

      This legislation would ensure voters and organizers are able to better understand why a polling site changed and if it is a permanent or temporary relocation. 

      Requiring the parish governing authority or parish president to include the reason for the change with his notice of the change of a polling location will make this process more transparent and work to reduce voter suppression. 

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      HB 412

      Publication of Proposed Recommendations of the State Board of Election Supervisors
      Sponsored by Representative Denise Marcelle
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      House Bill 412 would require the State Board of Election Supervisors to post their draft recommendations on the Secretary of State’s website at least 72 hours before the Board votes on them. 

      Many recent policies regarding voting rights and election laws were the direct product of this Board’s recommendations.  Currently, the draft recommendations and final report are not provided to the public in advance of the Board’s meeting or after.

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      SB 384

      Remove Barrier for Voter Registration
      Sponsored by Senator Cleo Fields
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      When voting in person on election day or during early voting, a voter must show a photo identification card, and if that is not available, the voter must sign and complete an affidavit that includes their date of birth and mother’s maiden name. 

      This proposed legislation would remove the option to include mother’s maiden name. Further, it would update the law so that if a voter does not have a photo identification card, they must sign an affidavit with their full name and address where they are registered to vote instead of utilizing their mother’s maiden name. By removing the Mother’s maiden name from the options for additional information and using it as a confirmation of a signed affidavit, it removes a barrier to voting for people who may not have access to their mother’s maiden name and instead uses information that would be available to more voters. 

      Inability to include a voter’s mother’s maiden name on otherwise completed forms has been used as a reason for the registrar of voters to decline a voter registration form and this proposed legislation would remove that barrier. 

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      SB 97

      Update Political Advertising Regulations
      Sponsored by Senator Royce Duplessis
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      Increasingly, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deepfake technology is making it easier to create fake videos, voice recordings, and photos that look like real people and events. This is happening across sectors and media, but it can be particularly damaging in elections. Bad actors can create fake videos, photos, and recordings that imply falsehoods about political candidates and can impact election outcomes. 

      Currently, Louisiana law prohibits the misrepresentation of political candidates to protect the ability for voters to vote for candidates of choice. 

      Senate Bill 97 would update political advertising regulations by explicitly prohibiting the undisclosed use of “deep fake” technology, artificial intelligence, or other similar tools that can be used to impersonate a candidate, employee, or other person with the intention of misleading voters. If political communications utilize the technologies to misrepresent a candidate, the communication must state that the message will use those technologies before the audio or visual is presented. 

      The proposed legislation would also prohibit a false depiction or representation of a candidate in materials that would be distributed to voters.  

      Power Coalition is in support of this proposed legislation because we know that election and candidate mis-information and dis-information have been rampant in recent elections.

      The fast development of AI and deepfake technologies have made it easier than ever to spread false information to voters and influence elections. 

      Updating definitions and prohibiting the use of this technology without informing voters is an important step to ensuring that voters have accurate information headed into the voting booth. 

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      HB 261

      Non-Partisan Groups at Polling Sites
      Sponsored by Representative Matthew Willard
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      During each election, there is a prohibition of certain activities within 600 feet of each polling location. Candidates can not do direct outreach and there are rules in place for the safety and protection of people wishing to cast their vote. Election commissioners, law enforcement officers, registrars, or deputy registrars may ask people who are violating these rules to leave the area.

      Protecting the integrity of polling locations is critical to ensuring fair and free elections, but these laws have also been used to target non-partisan groups who are there to help. In recent years, advocacy groups have passed out non-partisan information at polling sites, and during long lines to cast votes have distributed water or food to people waiting to cast their votes. 

      This proposed legislation would ensure that no person or entity would be prohibited from engaging in activities within 600 feet of a polling location that are not otherwise prohibited by law. This would allow non partisan advocacy groups, faith organizations, and other individuals to continue to provide resources for voters during elections.

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      Disenfranchisement Bills

      Power Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that every citizen of Louisiana can vote in elections. Complicated voter registration rules, closure of polling locations, and frequent elections are just some of the reasons that many residents find it hard to participate in every election.

      Power Coalition is opposed to the following bills that create new challenges for voting.

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        HB 506

        Require Voter Registration Drives to Register With The State
        Sponsored by Representative Polly Thompson

        Currently, individuals and organizations throughout Louisiana can host voter registration drives and may choose to register with the state, but they are not required to. The Secretary of State has recommended best practices for voter registration drives, and if people complete voter registration forms, the host of the voter registration drive is required to turn the forms in for finalization of the registration. 

        This proposed legislation would require all voter registration drives in Louisiana to register with the state. This creates an additional burden for student groups, churches, non-profits, and others that regularly host voter registration drives. 

        Additionally, this changes long standing practices to increase voter registration and creates penalties for not registering voter registration drives including fines and up to imprisonment. We should not be making it more burdensome to register voters in Louisiana. 

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        HB 581

        Limit Witness Signatures on Absentee Ballots
        Sponsored by Representative Polly Thompson

        Voting absentee by mail is available for a variety of reasons in Louisiana. When you choose to vote by mail, completing the ballot requires a witness to sign the ballot before mailing it in. This proposed legislation would update the regulations so that a person may only provide a witness signature on ONE absentee vote by mail certificate. 

        This means that friends, organizations, congregations, and other groups that support vote by mail would have to be very careful not to witness multiple ballots. Violations of this proposed legislation would be punishable by fines and up to imprisonment. 

        We should be making it easier for people to access the vote in Louisiana, not creating more hurdles. 

        HB 483

        Make it Illegal for Registered Sex Offenders to Serve as an Election Commisioner
        Sponsored by Representative Polly Thompson

        This proposed legislation would make it illegal for anyone registered as a sex offender or child predator to serve as an election commissioner. Louisiana does not have enough election commissioners at the moment and it is a job that does not require interaction with children. Creating new barriers to filling these roles when there is already a shortage of election workers sets a dangerous precedent. 

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