Elections would be held in the fall as they were prior to 1986
A bill that would move the date for New Orleans municipal elections back to the fall has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee approved an amended version of the bill Wednesday. The changes would allow for a longer transition to the new election dates.
The bill was backed by the League of Women Voters of New Orleans. A league representative told the panel, "We just want to get it back to where it was, having elections in the fall like the rest of the state does, get it away from the holiday season. We think it will increase voter turnout."
New Orleans municipal elections were held in the fall prior to 1986.