Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Voting deadline looms

Persons who want to make their vote count in the October 22 election must be registered to vote by Wednesday September 21. According to Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Melanie Smith, that deadline is also for registration changes.

"If you are already registered to vote and need to make any changes to your voting record, these changes must be made prior to the close of registration on September 21," Smith said.

While Voter Registration Week is currently taking place, Smith said Friday, September 2 is not the last day to register.

"It's more of an awareness week," she said. "It's a good time to remind people to register. I take registration forms to the schools during this time and talk to the students who are old enough to register."

For those who can't make it to Smith's office at Webster Parish Courthouse, registering is as easy as clicking your mouse.

"As long as you have a valid Louisiana driver's license, all you have to do is go to www.geauxvote.com," Smith said. "You can register online. We also have registraton forms at all branches of the Webster Parish Library."

Those forms are also good for changing addresses or parties.

Some voters will find their precinct number has changed this year, but Smith stressed that most will still vote at the same location where they cast their ballot during the last election.

"The only location that has changed is Stewart Elementary School," she said. "Now that it is closed, everyone who voted there will go to the Webster Parish Alternative School on Clerk Street.

While Smith said all voters experiencing changes should have received a card from her office; however, another Internet visit to www.geauxvote.com will also answer their questions.

Early voting runs from Saturday, October 8 through Saturday, October 15 (excluding Sunday) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On October 15, hours will be extended to 6 p.m.


Several state and parish offices are up for grabs in the fall election.

State-wide, voters will be going to the polls to elect the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Insurance, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, State Senator and State Representative.

On the parish level, offices include Webster Parish Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Assessor, Coroner and all Police Jury seats.






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