People are early voting in record numbers all over America. Here in my home state of Louisiana, election participation is up 25% over the presidential election just four years ago. Predictions are that as many of 40% of total voters will cast their ballots before Election Day. This means long lines, and in most states, a long ballot to consider.
by Jim Brown
I have a sad announcement to make. Politics is just no fun anymore in Louisiana.
Reams of books have been written about the colorful characters that ran the Bayou state throughout its history. And the average citizen got involved, attended rallies and actively supported their candidate of choice. Few states could match the intensity and enthusiasm that was a part of Louisiana campaigning. The state’s two favorite pastimes were LSU football and Politics.
The abnormally low turnout for the 2015 Louisiana state general elections seems mainly a consequence of campaign-specific factors more than for longer term, secular reasons.
Fascinating even to elected officials is just what impact Louisiana’s odd nonpartisan blanket primary system has on partisan politics and elections, which has an impact, perhaps salutary, on subsequent policy.
by Jim Brown
According to national political pundits, there is a revolution going on all over America. Voters are in a rebellion mode with little confidence in the political leadership at both the national and state levels. Being an incumbent politician is no longer a badge of honor. The career candidates running for president seem dead in the water, with newcomers garnering well over 50% of the national vote.
With the statewide, Louisiana governor’s and other elections taking place this fall, what will be the burning issues at the polls?
Please keep this quiet; a secret election is set for Saturday May 2 in 28 Louisiana parishes. Politicians set the election on a day in which turnout will be minimal. In New Orleans, a tripling of the library millage is on the ballot during the second weekend of the Jazz Fest, at a time guaranteed to produce a very low turnout. Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted a turnout in “the teens” on May 2. Of course, this is pitiful and goes against our beliefs in encouraging robust voter participation. It seems the last thing Louisiana politicians want is a strong voter turnout.
The end is near!
The end is near for all the political posturing, rumors, gossip, and talk about who is running for elected office in 2014. Qualifying begins this Wednesday and runs through Friday at 5 p.m.
Here are some developments to look for as qualifying progresses for the various races:
With the Louisiana legislature approaching, the U.S. Senate election and the Louisiana Governor's race beginning to develop a shape, Bayoubuzz posed questions to Bernie Pinsonat, pollster for Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR).
As usual, election results produce their share of winners and losers, and Louisiana politicians have no special immunity to this. Thus, from the latest quadrennial elections, we find: