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“Louisiana’s election officials have failed in several respects to protect the state’s voters during the pandemic,’’ said Caren Short, senior staff attorney for the SPLC’s Voting Rights Practice Group. “Instead of ensuring that all voters could vote safely from home if they chose to – as legislators were allowed to do – they clung to the misguided and politically motivated myth of voter fraud to justify unnecessary and discriminatory restrictions on absentee voting.” Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP