Every October, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch joins legal watchdog groups from across the country to promote a national dialogue about the devastating impact frivolous lawsuits have on our courts and our economy and encourage citizens to take action to fix our overall legal climate.
This year, “Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week” comes at a critical time for Louisiana, as we are less than 30 days away from critical races for district judgeships across the state and a seat in the U.S. Senate. Without question, the outcome of these elections will impact our legal climate at the state and national level for many years to come.
So if you are fed up with lawsuit abuse in Louisiana and you want to make a difference, you can start by being an active and informed voter on November 4th. Historically, voter turnout in Louisiana is very low, often times less than 50 percent. That means less than half of our voting age population are making decisions that will impact everyone.
Let’s work to change that statistic, because your vote is your voice. And your voice matters. It starts with you! When you take the time to get to know the candidates, who is funding them and where they stand on important issues like legal reform, you are taking an significant step to help bring fairness and balance back to our federal, state and local governments. So don’t let someone else speak for you on Election Day. Learn about the candidates and get to the polls on November 4th.
– Register: Louisiana statutes require you to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election, so it is too late to vote on Nov. 4th, if you are not already registered. BUT, you can always register now for the next election, and the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office makes it easy to apply online. Click here to access the state’s official Online Voter Registration Portal.
– Review Your Sample Ballot: Visit the LA Secretary of State’s Office to get a preview of exactly what you will see on your Election Day ballot.
– Ask your candidates about where they stand on legal reform and other important topics.
– Vote Early: Early voting for the November 4th primary election is Oct. 21-28 (except Sunday) from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you know you are going to be out of town or otherwise detained on Election Day, vote early at your local Registrar of Voter’s Office.
– Get the App: Visit the LA Secretary of State’s Office to download the GeauxVote Mobile app to see what’s on the ballot, where to vote and to get instant election results.