Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) in partnership with the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice sent a letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Secretary of State R. Kyle Ardoin urging them to use their executive authorities to postpone the October 9, 2021 and November 13, 2021 elections in order to ensure that voters impacted by the storm are not denied an equal opportunity to participate in this year’s elections. The letter also requests that they implement an emergency election plan as well as long term policy solutions to improve the process in the future and equip voters with the safest options to cast a ballot. 

Read the full letter here.


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