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Your request must be receivedby 4:30 pm CST on October 30, 2020

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Louisiana

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Aaron Sigler (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Adrian Perkins (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Antoine Pierce (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Beryl Billiot (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Bill Cassidy (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Louisiana. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Cassidy (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

Cassidy was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014, defeating incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and becoming the first Republican to hold the seat since 1883.

In July 2017, Cassidy released a healthcare proposal with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to modify the Affordable Care Act.

Cassidy previously represented Louisiana's 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cassidy is an average congressional Republican, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

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David Drew Knight (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

Knight was a 2016 independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Nevada.

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Derrick Edwards (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Dustin Murphy (Republican Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Jamar Myers-Montgomery (independent) (also known as Doc) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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John Paul Bourgeois (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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M.V. Mendoza (independent) (also known as Vinny) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

Mendoza was disqualified from the 2019 gubernatorial race after a judge ruled that he did not comply with a Louisiana law that required him to have filed state and federal taxes within each of the past five years.

Mendoza was a 2016 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Louisiana. He was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana.

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Melinda Mary Price (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. She is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Peter Wenstrup (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Reno Jean Daret III (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Xan John (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. He is on the ballot in the primary election on November 3, 2020.

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Initiatives

Louisiana Amendment 1
No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports adding language to the Louisiana Constitution stating that "nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion."

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A "no" vote opposes adding language to the Louisiana Constitution stating that "nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion."

Louisiana Amendment 2
Include Oil and Gas Value in Tax Assessment of Wells Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports this amendment to allow the presence or production of oil or gas to be taken into account when determining the fair market value of an oil or gas well for ad valorem taxes.

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A "no" vote opposes taking the presence or production of oil or gas into account when determining the fair market value of an oil or gas well for ad valorem taxes.

Louisiana Amendment 3
Use of Budget Stabilization Fund for Declared Disasters Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to allow the Louisiana State Legislature, through a two-thirds vote in each chamber, to use up to one-third of the revenue in the Budget Stabilization Fund (also known as the Rainy Day Fund) to cover the state's costs associated with a federally-declared disaster.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the state constitution to allow the Louisiana State Legislature to use up to one-third of the revenue in the Budget Stabilization Fund to cover the state's costs associated with a federally-declared disaster, thereby maintaining the restricted use of the fund according to budget forecasts and deficits.

Louisiana Amendment 4
Expenditures Limit Growth Formula Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to remove the existing expenditure limit formula and allow the Louisiana Legislature to enact a state spending limit formula through statute that does not allow more than 5 percent growth per year.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the state constitution to allow the Louisiana Legislature to enact a state spending formula through statute capped at 5 percent growth, thereby maintaining the existing constitutional formula that caps state spending growth at the prior year's spending limit multiplied by the average annual percentage rate of change of personal income for Louisiana for the three years prior.


Louisiana Amendment 5
Payments in Lieu of Property Taxes Option Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to authorize local governments to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with new or expanding manufacturing establishments and allowing the manufacturing establishments to make payments to the taxing authority instead of paying property taxes.

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A "no" vote opposes authorizing local governments to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with new or expanding manufacturing establishments and allowing the manufacturing establishments to make payments to the taxing authority instead of paying property taxes.

Louisiana Amendment 6
Homestead Exemption Special Assessment Income Limit Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to increase the income threshold to qualify for the special assessment level for residential property owned by seniors and certain military and disabled persons from $50,000 (adjusted annually for inflation since 2001) to $100,000 per year beginning in 2026 (adjusted annually for inflation).

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A "no" vote opposes amending the state constitution to increase the income threshold to qualify for the special assessment level for residential property owned by seniors and certain military and disabled persons, thereby maintaining the $77,030.36 income threshold, which was set at $50,000 in 2001 and adjusted annually for inflation.

Louisiana Amendment 7
Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to:

create the Unclaimed Property (UCP) Permanent Trust Fund, with the fund earmarked for payment of claims made by owners of abandoned property;
allocate funds above administrative costs received due to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act of 1997 (or its successor) to the UCP Permanent Trust Fund until equal to the state's estimated unclaimed property potential liability; allocate any additional unclaimed property receipts and any investment revenue from the UCP Permanent Trust Fund to the state's general fund; andauthorize the treasurer to invest up to 50% of the UCP Permanent Trust Fund in equities.

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A "no" vote opposes this amendment to create the Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund, dedicate fund revenue to paying claims from owners of unclaimed property, and allocate investment revenue and unclaimed property revenue above the state's estimate unclaimed property liability to the state's general fund.