Theres a proposal to close Louisiana's primary
Thousands of Republican, Democratic, and Independent Veteran voters from across Louisiana are speaking up to defend our elections.
We need your voice, too. It is urgent for Veterans to weigh in.
Sign and show your support to Keep Louisiana Unified
We, the undersigned, do not support the current efforts in Baton Rouge to spend up to $90M on closed primary elections. Our state has other important funding priorities for our legislature to focus on.
The right to cast our vote is important to holding politicians accountable and preserving our republic. The legislature should not prohibit more than 800,000 independent voters from participating in taxpayer funded primaries.
Louisiana has had an election system for more than 50 years. We should not fix what is not broken, and rushing to make a change during this special session is a mistake.
Get the Facts
Louisianans favor the current system and oppose changes.
65% of Louisiana voters support our current primary system. The current system is favored by voters, regardless of partisan affiliation: 65% of Republicans and 63% of Democrats favor the current system. Only 26% of Louisiana voters want to close the primaries.
The proposal would take away the right to vote for independent voters.
821,906 voters in Louisiana (28%) are not registered with either political party, and would not be able to participate in primaries that ALL taxpayers pay for.
Veterans deserve a vote, and funding.
There are more than 284,000 veterans in Louisiana, and many of them register as political independents. Closed primaries prevent independents from voting in the primary. Those who fight to preserve our republic, ought to have the right to vote in all elections. Further, some of the $90 million dollar expense could support the state’s veterans; the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs only spends $59.86 per veteran each year.
The current election rules guarantee majority rule.
Closed primaries would mean a minority of voters would decide a majority of all elections. In other states, closed primary turnout averages just 18.5%.