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Louisiana receives a ‘D’ in democracy from the Center for American Progress’ Action Fund 

Report says state needs to make voting easier

  D to D-plus. That was Louisiana's grade last week when the Center for American Progress' Action Fund issued a report on the "Health of State Democracies." Each state, along with the District of Columbia, was rated on three factors: accessibility of the ballot (ease of voting), representation in state government (whether representatives reflect a state's demographics) and influence in the political system (including open legislative data and campaign disclosure laws).

  Louisiana ranked 35th out of 51, with the center recommending a number of things the state could do to increase democratic participation. Among them: providing voter pre-registration to 16- and 17-year-olds; expanding early voting and providing no-fault absentee voting; and strengthening disclosure laws.

  To read the whole report, visit www.healthofstatedemocracies.org.

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