On September 4, a slate of presidential electors was filed at the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, in person. The electors are pledged to Ron Paul for president, and former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr., for vice-president. The partisan label for this slate is “Louisiana Taxpayers Party.” The filing, and the $500 was accepted, but the Secretary of State did not commit to printing the slate on the ballot. However, there is no law that says presidential candidates at the November election must sign any declaration of candidacy.
Louisiana is one of the few states that still prints the names of presidential elector candidates on the ballot. Thus, Louisiana elections officials have a heightened awareness that the true candidates in November elections are the presidential elector candidates, and that presidential candidates’ names on the ballot are only there as labels, describing the intentions of those elector candidates.
It has been difficult to get information from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office this week, because Baton Rouge electricity has been disrupted. The Secretary’s web page has been down for several days, and no receptionist has been answering the phone in that office. Thanks to IndependentPoliticalReport for breaking the story.