Candidates who want to run in Louisiana’s presidential preference primary must qualify this week, but don’t expect to catch a glimpse of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump at the Secretary of State’s office.
“We don’t expect to see any presidential candidates here in Louisiana to qualify for the PPP,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a news release. “Most will send a representative to qualify them by proxy or mail their paperwork into our office. Even though we’re just wrapping up our gubernatorial elections, Wednesday’s qualifying officially kicks-off our entrance into the 2016 political season, and we’re ready.”
The qualifying period starts Wednesday morning and runs through 4:30 p.m. Friday.
To appear on Louisiana ballots, a potential presidential nominee must follow the procedures established by his/her party and pay a $750 qualifying fee, plus a $375 party fee. Candidates must also file a notice of candidacy specific to the PPP that includes the candidate’s name, office sought, address of domicile, political party and how his/her name is to appear on the ballot. You can keep up with who has qualified here.
Unlike many elections in Louisiana, presidential primaries are closed elections based on voter party registration — meaning only Democrats can vote for Democrats and Republicans can vote for Republicans. It doesn’t operate under the “jungle primary” system used in most state-wide races.
Fourteen Republicans and three Democrats are still vying for their parties’ nominations for 2016. The New York Times has a handy graphic tracking who all is, and isn’t, in the running.
One name Louisiana voters won’t see when they head to the presidential primary polls on March 5, 2016: Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal, who launched his campaign for president in June, announced last month that he was dropping out of the race.
Interestingly, Jindal will be on the ballot in some states that had earlier qualifying periods. FloridaPolitics.com reported this week that Jindal’s name is on the list of candidates that will appear on ballots there, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is still in the running, isn’t. Jindal’s campaign also forked over $40,000 in September to qualify for South Carolina’s primary.