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Louisiana voters: Problems at the polls? Report them to Electionland

The 2018 primary election is just a few weeks away, and early voting starts in Louisiana on Oct. 23.

This year, for the second time, The Lens is partnering with ProPublica’s Electionland, a nationwide coalition of newsrooms that are covering voting problems.

In 2016, Electionland newsrooms went through thousand of tips from a legal call center hotline, as well as thousands of text messages and social media posts.

Using those tips, The Lens reported on a mix-up that delayed voting at a site in Algiers. And we debunked a video from Hammond that purported to show poll workers discussing a machine that had votes on it before anyone had cast a ballot.

We need to know if you see anything that could prevent people from voting — things like long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations.

If you’re interested in participating in Electionland, sign up to help report voting problems in your area by:

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About Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado covers the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.