State of Emergency—Extension of Qualifying in the Parish of Union
WHEREAS, “in order to ensure maximum citizen participation in the electoral process and provide a safe and orderly procedure for persons seeking to qualify or exercise their right to vote, to minimize to whatever degree possible a person’s exposure to danger during declared states of emergency, and to protect the integrity of the electoral process,” the Louisiana Legislature enacted R.S. 18:401.1 to provide “a procedure for the emergency suspension or delay and rescheduling of qualifying, early voting, and elections”; and
WHEREAS, on February 10, 2011, pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 18:401.1(B), the Secretary of State certified to the Governor that as a result of severe weather conditions, a state of emergency exists in the parish of Union and they recommend that qualifying in that parish be suspended and resume at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 11, 2011 and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: Under the authority of R.S. 18:401.1(B) and based on the February 10, 2011 certification from the Secretary of State that a state of emergency exists in the parish of Union and the February 10, 2011 recommendation that the qualifying period in this parish be suspended and resume at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 11, 2011 and conclude at 5:00 pm. on Monday, February 14, 2011, a state of emergency is hereby declared to exist in the following parish and qualifying in the following parish is hereby suspended for the time periods and dates designated:
Parish of Union, Chief of Police, Village of Lillie, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011;
Parish of Union, Chief of Police, Village of Spearsville, suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011;
SECTION 2: In accordance with the procedures set forth in R.S. 18:401.1, qualifying in the parish of Union shall be rescheduled for and/or resume at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 11, 2011, and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011.
SECTION 3: This Order is effective upon signature.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 10th day of February, 2011.
Secretary of State