In the Parish of Orleans Clerk of Criminal District Court is the Chief Elections Officer. He qualifies candidates for office in all municipal, parish, and state legislative elections. The Secretary of State qualifies candidates for statewide, congressional, state appellate and supreme court elections, and public service commission elections.
The clerk’s elections department conducts all training seminars for commissioners and commissioners-in-charge and sends all notices to supporting elections officials. These notices inform the appropriate officials of the crucial information concerning the election. The department also addresses any problems that may arise on election day.
After the polls close, and during days immediately following an election, the department tabulates totals, checks voting machine counts against the election night print-outs and prepare the payroll for the election workers.
3-Minute Limit to Cast Vote
Voters shall not remain in the voting machine longer than three minutes. The poll commissioners will notify voters when the three-minute limit has elapsed, and they have the authority to have any voter removed who exceeds said time limit (except in special circumstances).
Assistance to Voters
Voters who require assistance with voting must first notify the Registrar of Voters and provide a statement setting forth the necessity and reasons for assistance and shall furnish a certificate of a medical doctor or optometrist certifying the irremediable nature of the physical handicap in question. Thereafter, the voter is not required to furnish the information. Said statement and certificate may be provided at the polls, and the poll commissioner will retain the documents for the Registrar of Voters office. A voter also is entitled to receive assistance if he/she presents a “mobility impaired ID card” issued by the La. Dept. of Motor Vehicles, a paratransit card, or a letter of disability awards. Also, if a voter is unable to read, he/she is allowed to have assistance.