Voter signup drives planned at schools
A voter registration drive is to begin Tuesday in St. Landry Parish that will include public high schools and nursing homes.
Cheryl Milburn, registrar of voters, released a schedule that coincides with a the state Voter Registration Week.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said, “The first step to participating in the electoral process is registering to vote.”
Ardoin added, “This fall, Louisianians will choose statewide leaders as well as vote for a host of local and municipal races, constitutional amendments and propositions.”
The next regularly scheduled election in Louisiana is the Gubernatorial General scheduled for Oct. 12.
The St. Landry Parish voter registration drive schedule is:
9 to 9:45 a.m. North Central High School.
10 to 10:45 a.m. Prompt Succor Nursing Home.
11 a.m. to noon MACA Academy of the Arts.
10 a.m. to noon SLCC- T.H. Harris Campus.
10 a.m. to noon Northwest High School.
10 to 10:45 a.m. Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
10 a.m. to noon Eunice High School.
Noon to 1 p.m. Port Barre High School.
For more information about St. Landry Parish registration, call 337-948-0572 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Louisiana was one of the first states in the nation to implement an easy, convenient online voter registration portal. Citizens with a valid Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana Special ID card can register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the convenience of their home or office by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov.
Residents of Louisiana can also register in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office, when they apply for or renew their driver’s license at any Office of Motor Vehicles or when obtaining services at public assistance agencies and Armed Forces recruitment offices. Citizens wishing to register by mail can download and print the application at GeauxVote.com, or complete an application found at public libraries or through registration drives.
To register and vote in Louisiana individuals must:
— Be a U.S. citizen;
— Be at least 17 years old (16 years old if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles) to register and 18 years old prior to the next election to vote;
— Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony or, if under such an order not have been incarcerated pursuant to the order within the last five years and not be under an order of imprisonment related to a felony conviction for election fraud or any other election offense;
— Not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights;
— Be a resident in the state and parish in which you seek to register and vote;
— Apply at least 20 days prior to an election if registering online or 30 days prior to an election if registering in person or by mail.
The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Sept. 11. The deadline to register to vote online is Sept. 21.
For a complete listing of voter registration activities in individual parishes, sos.la.gov/Pages/NewsAndEvents.aspx#faq240. For more information about elections and voting, contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 225-922-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.