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"It is a function of the Legislature to review agencies from time to time, to determine whether they should continue or not," House and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Mike Danahay explained Tuesday.

With 12 "sunset reviews" (as they're called) due to be completed by next July 1, the committee is getting a jumpstart on the process, beginning with the Department of State.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler addresses concerns about voter fraud in elections. He also details his efforts to register as many citizens to vote as possible in the state. Shedler says Louisiana boasts one of the highest voter registration rates in the nation, but getting those voters to turn out at the polls is an entirely different idea.


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The time for early voting in Louisiana has ended and as of Tuesday at midnight, the numbers have surpassed previous early voting. Meg Casper, Press Secretary for Secretary of State Tom Schedler, says more than 437,000  of Louisiana's three million voters voted early across the state. And that’s not including yesterday’s turnout. 


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Early voting begins today, and runs through next Tuesday, November first.

“The presidential election is usually our Super Bowl, Final Four, all put into one,” Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler says.

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“The one thing I want to encourage everyone to do is to go out and register to vote if you’re not.”

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding everyone that today is the last day to register to vote in the November 8th election.

“You can register online. It’s safe, it’s quick, it’s secure.” And the web address to do that is www.sos.la.gov .

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Louisiana’s House Republicans have been insisting the Governor needs to make more budget cuts before they’ll consider raising revenue. With the full House considering the tax hike bills tomorrow, they took matters into their own hands today.

“The Governor maxxed out all of his cuts. Our additional cuts are 87-million,” House Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry said when opening discussion on his bill to remove a total of $117-million from state agencies.

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With just a month to go until Louisiana’s Presidential Preference Primary, a study committee is looking for ways to cut back on the expense of so many elections. 


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You step into the voting booth and find a ballot measure that says “five at large to be elected” and several of those running have the same last name.

Candidates with similar names have created voter confusion over the years, according to registrars and the Secretary of State’s office.

“It came up this last election cycle, on several occasions,” First Assistant Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin told the Board of Elections Supervisors Thursday.

“It creates opportunities for election challenges, which can also be very messy,” Ardoin added.

Early voting for the November 21st runoff continues through Saturday, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler is not yet ready to predict whether voter turnout will exceed last month’s primary.

“You know, this science is not becoming any easier,” Schedler says, with a chuckle.

Turnout for the October 24th primary election was anything but amusing, at a dismal 38.5 percent.

“History would tell you, and data would tell you that we would be below 38-and-a-half percent,” Schedler says. “I think this time we’ll at least match that or maybe increase it, so goes along with everything else in politics today: it’s kind of going against the mainstream of what you would expect.”

Louisiana lawmakers weren’t talking about U.S. Supreme Court justices Thursday, as they discussed the phrase “appointed for life”. They were actually talking about registrars of voters.

“Currently, the way it’s stated in the Constitution, the local governing authority’s responsible for the appointment of the registrar of voters, but beyond that, there’s nothing,” said Rep. Mike Danahay of Sulphur.

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