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Chronic Failures of Louisiana Secretary of State’s Website Raise Serious Questions About the Integrity of Elections

Serious issues at the SoS.


Today, Orleans Parish held the biggest and most consequential municipal election in Louisiana since 2010. The entire New Orleans City Council (with the exception of Councilwoman Cantrell, who ran unopposed), the Mayor, the Sheriff, the Clerk of Criminal Court, and the Coroner were all on the ballot. Millions of dollars had been raised and spent. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s re-election campaign, in particular, was being closely watched by the national media.

There aren’t many people in the world who would be willing to spend a Saturday night obsessively refreshing the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website, but there are a few of us. If you’ve been at this as long as I have, then you know I am not exaggerating: On an election day, the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website is almost guaranteed to fail.

Shortly before the polls closed tonight in Orleans Parish, I made a bold prediction:

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Of course…

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