Louisiana governor will block emergency virus elections plan

Louisiana

By MELINDA DESLATTE

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Governor John Bel Edwards says he will reject an emergency plan for the fall elections. That’s because it doesn’t expand mail-in balloting options for people quarantined because of the coronavirus pandemic or those at greater risk to serious harm from the COVID-19 disease. The decision announced Tuesday by the Democratic governor will block the plan offered by Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. The proposal needs backing from both the majority-GOP Legislature and Edwards to take effect. Ardoin says the plan was developed to win support from Republican lawmakers. The issue may get settled by the courts, where a federal lawsuit over fall voting plans is pending.