2016 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 18 - Louisiana Election Code
RS 18:1363 - Number of machines; allocation to precincts; exception; reserve machines

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§1363. Number of machines; allocation to precincts; exception; reserve machines

A. In determining the number of voting machines to be purchased and allocated for each voting precinct in each parish or municipality, the minimum number to be allocated shall be as follows:

(1) One machine for each precinct where three hundred or less voters were registered to vote thirty days prior to the election.

(2) Two machines for each precinct where more than three hundred but not more than one thousand voters were registered to vote thirty days prior to the election.

(3) Three machines for each precinct where more than one thousand voters but not more than fourteen hundred voters were registered to vote thirty days prior to the election.

(4) Four machines for each precinct where more than fourteen hundred voters were registered to vote thirty days prior to the election.

(5), (6) Repealed by Acts 2001, No. 1181, §4, eff. June 29, 2001.

B. The parish board of election supervisors may reduce the number of voting machines to be allocated and used in elections called under the provisions of Chapter 6-A or Chapter 6-B of this Code when the election is not held at the same time as the election of any public official. In such case, the parish board of election supervisors shall notify the parish custodian of voting machines and the secretary of state at least three weeks prior to such election, of the number of machines to be prepared and delivered for the polling places.

C. The number of voting machines to be allocated and used in an election, including the election of any public official, where more than one polling place is within the same location and the parish board of election supervisors has consolidated polling places in that location may be reduced for that election in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 18:425.1.

D. The parish board of election supervisors may reduce the number of voting machines to be allocated and used in an election called under the provisions of Chapter 6, Part III of this Title, where the only other election on the ballot is for the election of political party committee members. Not less than twenty-one days prior to such an election, the parish board of election supervisors shall notify the parish custodian of voting machines and the secretary of state of the number of voting machines to be prepared and delivered to each polling place.

E. If any voting machines remain unallocated for an election, the secretary of state first shall reserve a sufficient number, not to exceed five percent of the total available, for use at precincts where a machine is disabled, damaged, or unavailable during election day. The remaining machines shall be allocated by the parish custodian, after consultation with the secretary of state, to the various precincts. As far as practicable the machines shall be distributed so that the precincts having equal or nearly equal numbers of registered voters shall have the same number of machines. If the secretary of state and a parish custodian agree that the use of the remaining machines is unnecessary for the proper and orderly conduct of the election, it shall not be necessary to allocate and use such machines.

F. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, if the secretary of state determines that a voting machine shortage exists in a parish, the secretary of state shall first reallocate and move any available voting machines of like type in excess of the requirements of Subsection A of this Section to the parish where the shortage exists. However, if a shortage continues to exist after relocation, the secretary of state may reduce the allocation of voting machines for each precinct and polling place in order to ensure that each polling place is allocated at least one voting machine. Prior to any reduction in allocation of voting machines the secretary of state shall immediately notify the parish board of election supervisors in each affected parish of the reduction of the allocation of voting machines and the parish board of election supervisors shall take whatever action is necessary consistent with the Louisiana Election Code to accommodate the reduced allocation. In addition, the secretary of state shall notify in writing the standing committees of each house of the legislature which have oversight over elections of the shortage and the reasons therefor.

G. The parish board of election supervisors may submit a written request to the secretary of state, on or before the twenty-third day prior to an election, for additional voting machines for overcrowded precincts. The written request shall include the number of additional voting machines requested and an explanation of the need for additional voting machines. If the secretary of state determines that there is a need for additional voting machines and that the provision of additional voting machines is feasible, he may allocate additional voting machines.

H. The parish board of election supervisors may submit a written request to the secretary of state, on or before the twenty-third day prior to an election, to reduce the number of voting machines to be allocated and used in an election other than an election provided for in Subsection B or D of this Section. The written request shall include the proposed reduced number of voting machines and an explanation of the need for the reduction in the number of voting machines. If the secretary of state determines that the reduction in the number of voting machines is feasible, he may reduce the number of voting machines.

Acts 1976, No. 697, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; Acts 1983, No. 519, §1, eff. July 8, 1983; Acts 1986, No. 705, §1; Acts 1986, No. 669, §1; Acts 2001, No. 451, §6, eff. Jan. 12, 2004; Acts 2001, No. 1181, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002, and §4, eff. June 29, 2001; Acts 2002, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 130, §1, eff. April 23, 2002; Acts 2005, No. 335, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2006; Acts 2009, No. 369, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2010.

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