Poor? Lame? They Don’t Want You Voting In Louisiana!


Federal officials are suing the state of Louisiana for failing to provide voter registration forms at public assistance and disability services agencies. The Justice Department said that the state is in violation of section seven of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Louisiana officials, the feds asserted, have failed to provide voter registration opportunities as required under NVRA because they haven’t designated all offices in the state that provide public assistance as voter registration agencies (including the Office of Aging and Adult Services); failed to provide sufficient supplies of voter registration applications at the designated agencies; and failed to train and monitor employees to make sure they assist in processing voter registration forms.”

There are 1.17 million Louisiana residents enrolled in Medicaid programs, but only 6,037 voter registration applications were received from public assistance offices from 2009 to 2010, …

This is deplorable. I read a lot of sarcastic remarks about Texas on the blogs, and Dog knows there are problems here, but as far as I can tell, there are no massive conspiracies or illegal practices by the state to keep whole classes of people from voting.

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  • MandT  On Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Louisiana is the Nevada of the south….or vice-verse.

    • Steve  On Thursday July 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

      MandT – Louisiana is like Texas in that a decent minority of the state’s residents are caring people who would take our side on most issues. I’ve known some of them. They suffer as I do, living in a state in which a machine consistently elects bad leaders with the help of a majority that fears change. It’s not as if the people of Louisiana voted on a referendum to violate this law; it’s clearly the negligent and sometimes hostile state leadership that made that decision.

      That said, I would feel very alone if I lived in Louisiana. I once was offered a job at one of the universities there, thought about it for a moment, and passed up the opportunity.

  • MandT  On Thursday July 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Know the feeling Steve. I interviewed in Savannah GA some years ago and thank my lucky stares it didn’t go.

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