Ray Armstrong, District 1 Monroe City Councilman-elect, is eligible to take office immediately, Louisiana Secretary of State Director of Elections Angie Bouy told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) this morning.
Armstrong was unopposed for the seat when qualifying ended two weeks ago. He will take the place of Jay Marx, who is also the chairman of the council.
Armstrong, who was unsuccessful in a run for mayor of Monroe last April, can be sworn as soon as he is commissioned by the Secretary of State due to a provision in the state law that says the SOS “shall promptly certify the name of any candidate elected at the postponed election… following the close of qualifying… if the candidate is declared elected without opposition.”
Originally, the council elections were to be held in March and April along with the mayor’s race, but delays in getting new district lines approved by the U. S. Department of Justice caused the council elections to be moved to November 6 for the primary, and December 8 for the general election.
See here the law:
C. Certification of candidates elected to a reduced term due to a postponed election. (1) When a reapportionment or redistricting plan fails to receive preclearance pursuant to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by the deadline set forth in R.S. 18:1941 or R.S. 18:1942 and there is a postponement of the election, the secretary of state shall promptly certify the name of any candidate elected at the postponed election to the appropriate official named in Subsection A of this Section, when the secretary of state can immediately determine which office and term of office to which such newly elected official has been elected as follows:
(a) Following the close of qualifying and prior to the primary election if the candidate is declared elected without opposition.