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§2.  Definitions

As used in this Code, the following words and terms shall have the meanings hereinafter ascribed to each, unless the context clearly indicates another meaning:

(1)  "Clerk of court" or "clerk" means the clerk of the district court, except that in any parish having a civil district court and a criminal district court, these terms mean the clerk of the criminal district court.

(2)  "Federal election" means a general, special, primary, or runoff election for federal office; a convention or caucus of a political party which has authority to nominate a candidate for federal office; a primary election held for the selection of delegates to a national nominating convention of a political party; and a primary election held for the expression of a preference for the nomination of individuals for election to the office of president.

(3)  "Federal office" means the office of president or vice president of the United States or of senator or representative in the United States Congress.

(4)  "Immediate family" means the individual's children, the spouses of his children, his brothers and their spouses, his sisters and their spouses, his parents, his spouse, and the parents of his spouse.

(5)  "Parish governing authority" or "governing authority of the parish" with respect to Orleans Parish means the city council.

(5.1)  "Polling place" means any location where voting, either early or on election day, is conducted pursuant to this Code.

(6)  "Precinct" means the smallest political unit of a ward having defined geographical boundaries.

(7)  "Signature" means the name of a person which is signed.  Signature in this Title includes the handwritten, electronic, or digitized name of an individual, except when the handwritten signature of the individual is specifically required.

(8)  "Under an order of imprisonment" means a sentence of confinement, whether or not suspended, whether or not the subject of the order has been placed on probation, with or without supervision, and whether or not the subject of the order has been paroled.

(9)  "Voter registration agency" means an office designated under R.S. 18:116(A) to perform voter registration activities.

(10)  "Voting district" means a geographical area composed of one or more precincts in a parish in which every elector within that area votes in the same congressional district, statewide board or commission district, judicial district, Senate District, House of Representative District, parish governing authority district, local and ward office district, municipal office district, and all other special election districts.

(11)  "Ward" means a police jury ward in a parish and in parishes having no police jury wards means the subdivision of the parish equivalent to a police jury ward.

Acts 1976, No. 697, §1, Jan. 1, 1978.  Amended by Acts 1977, No. 544, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; Acts 1982, No. 559, §1, eff. July 22, 1982; Acts 1991, No. 277, §1; Acts 1993, No. 465, §1; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 10, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1995; Acts 2001, No. 1032, §7; Acts 2001, No. 1181, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002; Acts 2008, No. 136, §1, eff. June 6, 2008; Acts 2011, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 32, §1.

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