Bid to shorten voting hours revived in La. Senate - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Bid to shorten voting hours revived in La. Senate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to shorten voting hours on most election days in Louisiana has been revived by a state Senate committee that killed the idea earlier this month.

Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The House-approved measure pushed by Secretary of State Tom Schedler would push back the opening of polls to 7 a.m. on Saturday elections.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, which had voted against the idea, reversed course Wednesday and sent it to the full Senate for debate.

Schedler says he's seeking the change to shorten work days for poll workers. He says 2.5% of voter turnout usually occurs in that first hour.

Opponents say the change could limit voting opportunities for people.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • AG: Beware of fake tobacco settlement scam

    AG: Beware of fake tobacco settlement scam

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 6:17 PM EDT2017-07-25 22:17:46 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    When you visit the website, moneymapupdates.com it claims you can receive around $2,300 every month for the rest of your life. It seems too good to be true. That's because it is. Because in order to start receiving payments you need to sign up through the website by providing your personal and credit card information. "That's a red flag right there," said Carmen Million, president of the Southwest Louisiana Better Business Bureau. "They're using half-truths...

    More >>

    When you visit the website, moneymapupdates.com it claims you can receive around $2,300 every month for the rest of your life. It seems too good to be true. That's because it is. Because in order to start receiving payments you need to sign up through the website by providing your personal and credit card information. "That's a red flag right there," said Carmen Million, president of the Southwest Louisiana Better Business Bureau. "They're using half-truths...

    More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish School Board continues free meal program

    Calcasieu Parish School Board continues free meal program

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-07-25 22:10:59 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)(Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)

    The Calcasieu parish school board has been offering the Community Eligibility Provision Program for four years. This year, adding Westwood Elementary to the ever-growing list. It makes sure students in high poverty schools receive a healthy breakfast and lunch during the school day. The Director of School Nutrition Programs, Jaqueline Richard, says this has been a successful program over the years. “It’s a great program for students and families who struggle to have a nu...

    More >>

    The Calcasieu parish school board has been offering the Community Eligibility Provision Program for four years. This year, adding Westwood Elementary to the ever-growing list. It makes sure students in high poverty schools receive a healthy breakfast and lunch during the school day. The Director of School Nutrition Programs, Jaqueline Richard, says this has been a successful program over the years. “It’s a great program for students and families who struggle to have a nu...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny and hot weather expected the rest of the week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny and hot weather expected the rest of the week

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:50 PM EDT2017-07-25 20:50:41 GMT
    Hot and dry weather aheadHot and dry weather ahead

    An upper level disturbance passed over Southwest Louisiana Tuesday and that kept clouds around the area and even a few sprinkles during the morning.  But as expected, rain was very limited and that will remain true for the rest of the week.  Temperatures were held a few degrees cooler during the afternoon due to the clouds, but it was still rather warm with most areas reaching the low 90s. 

    More >>

    An upper level disturbance passed over Southwest Louisiana Tuesday and that kept clouds around the area and even a few sprinkles during the morning.  But as expected, rain was very limited and that will remain true for the rest of the week.  Temperatures were held a few degrees cooler during the afternoon due to the clouds, but it was still rather warm with most areas reaching the low 90s. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly