“Another election cycle has passed, and once again, states across the union failed to produce timely results. We are 22 years removed from the logistical and operational debacle of Bush v. Gore, and despite the resources available to election officials, it has taken some states days, if not weeks, to tabulate their results. This, in turn, has created space for some to question the integrity of their state elections.

Ensuring the integrity and orderly execution of our elections is the most important aspect of my role as head of Louisiana’s Secretary of State’s Office. I have to get it right the first time, every time — any deviation from that standard risks losing the trust of the voters. That trust is the lifeblood of our democracy. Our social contract rests on the assumption that the power we delegate to our elected officials is done so in a uniform, fair and consistent manner. If we as election officials fail to maintain the voters’ faith in their elections, then the political health and long-term stability of the republic is put at risk.”

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