Do you feel Louisiana has too many election dates during the year and if so, do you plan on eliminating some of them?
Yes. I already have proposed eliminating the July election date and will advocate this during the next legislative session.
Wat ideas do you have to help increase voter turnout for elections?
As a senator, I passed legislation to implement a pilot program to expand early voting locations. I believe this will increase turnout and make voting more accessible and convenient for the public. Last year, I recommended to the legislature that we add an extra day of early voting. The legislature concurred and we now have early voting on two Saturdays, as well as Monday through Friday. I have been speaking about the relatively low turnout in special elections and encouraging people to exercise their right to vote. I believe this advocacy, as well as the voter registration and turnout efforts of my staff, are important elements of increasing turnout.
How widespread do you feel voter fraud is in the state? If you feel it's a problem, do you have any plans for addressing it?
Voter fraud is no longer widespread in Louisiana. It certainly was in days gone by, but our present system allows much greater control over voting machines and allows my office to be responsible for safeguarding their security. We have a very aggressive election compliance unit, which responds to any allegation or suspicion of voter fraud. Although the three people in this unit do an outstanding job, my hope is to expand this program to make certain that we can address any such problem.