Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) and a group of local Louisiana partners sent a letter urging the Caddo Parish Commission to support the adoption of an additional early voting site. The recent decision by the Louisiana Governor and Secretary of State to move the date of the election to November 13, 2021 affords this Commission the opportunity to establish an additional early voting location in time for the early voting period. Caddo Parish encompasses 852 square miles but currently plans to have only one early voting location open, meaning some voters will have to travel up to 50 miles to cast their ballot early. During the 2020 election, Caddo Parish voters waited in lines extending for blocks in Shreveport – the largest city in Caddo and a metro hub for northwest Louisiana. The opportunity for all Caddo voters to cast their ballots is unnecessarily suppressed by limiting early voting to one location and this especially disadvantages voters of color and rural voters.
Read the full letter here.
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