Commission aims to address election integrity, voting

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced the formation of the Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting. While there were no cases of voter fraud or other issues in the 2020 election, Secretary Ardoin wants to have the commission in place to learn how to improve the state election process.

The 2020 election had record voter turnout with about 70% of registered voters casting a ballot.

“Despite Louisiana’s leadership in election administration, some have called into question our election processes and procedures using false narratives and stories of voting issues in other parts of the country,” Secretary Ardoin said.

Some of the topics that will be covered by the commission include mail-in voting, polling site security and hours. The commission is made up of 14 people selected by the Secretary of State to best represent the state voting population.

“I think it’s well rounded. Business, cybersecurity, technology, African-American representation, female representation, and business and industry,” Secretary Ardoin.

There are former politicians, clerks, and business leaders among the list of commissioners. They aim to have public forums across the state to allow people to present their concerns or share ways the state elections can change. Secretary Ardoin emphasized the calls around the country that elections were fraudulent were unfounded, and the commission will also combat misinformation.

“But at the end of the day our job is to serve the voters of this great state,” Chairman Hon. Quentin Dastague said.

The commission will begin meeting after the end of the 2021 legislative session and present their findings to Secretary Ardoin no later than Feb. 2022.

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