BY MARK BALLARD | CAPITOL BUREAU EDITOR JUN 10, 2021 – 4:47 PM
Louisiana will be moving to elections using paper ballots under legislation finally approved about 90 minutes before the Legislature adjourned Thursday at 6 p.m.
Senate Bill 221, by state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, had been negotiated behind closed doors for about two weeks. Agreement came in the closing moments of the two-month-old legislative session.
The result merged much of the language from two similar House-passed bills with the Senate measure.
Current law requires Louisiana votes in machines. The legislation would now require a paper ballot that would be scanned to count.