Secretary of State promises all polling locations will have power

By David Jacobs | The Center Square

No polling places will be without power on Election Day, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said.

All remaining polling locations currently without power have a generator either operational or scheduled for a Monday delivery and installation, he said.

Reserve generators, technicians and support staff also will be available. All Election Day voting machines contain a battery reserve, which can run up to eight hours without power, Ardoin’s office says.

Hurricane Zeta caused power outages across southeast Louisiana, affecting 435 polling places. Over the weekend, Ardoin’s office announced relocations of two polling locations for Election Day: Precinct 10/7 (Old Golden Meadow Settlement) and Precinct 10/9 (Golden Meadow Upper Elementary School) will be moved to Precinct 10/8 (Golden Meadow Middle School, 630 S. Bayou Dr., Golden Meadow). ​

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Sunday said as many as 11 polling locations in Orleans could be without power on Tuesday, blaming Ardoin for potentially disenfranchising voters. Ardoin said Cantrell was trying to score “political points” by spreading “misinformation.”

Cantrell said Monday her administration had worked with Entergy New Orleans to resolve the issue.

Completed absentee ballots must be returned by Monday at 4:30 p.m., except for those sent by military or overseas voters. Completed ballots can be returned to the parish registrar of voters by mail, in-person by the voter, or by a voter’s immediate family member.

Voters can check the status of their absentee ballots at voterportal.sos.la.gov. Should a voter’s absentee ballot not be received by the deadline, the voter can still vote in person on Election Day.

Ardoin’s office reports at least 977,685 Louisianans already have cast their vote prior to Election Day on Tuesday, counting mailed ballots and people who voted early in person, which is almost double the previous record set in the 2016 presidential election.