Voter Registration Week: Sept. 24-28

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The right to vote is the most sacred right we as Americans possess. Without it, we have no voice to choose our leaders, our form of government or to make other vital decisions that we enjoy in a democratic society.

Voter Registration Week is held annually and the Registrar’s Office spearheads registration drives at the local high schools during this week. This year, Voter Registration Week is Sept. 24-28. Although registration drives are targeted for this week by the Registrar’s Office, voter drives by organizations and individuals are held throughout the year at public events as well as at Northwestern State University. The Registrar’s Office provides information, registration forms and other pertinent information for individuals or groups sponsoring these drives.

Applications to register to vote in Louisiana can be submitted by current residents at the age of 17, however, the registration will not be processed and valid until the registrant’s 18th birthday. Registrants who turn 18 on the day of any election will then be eligible for that election. Applicants who are applying for a Louisiana driver’s license at the age of 16 are allowed to register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and likewise, the registration will not be processed until the registrant reaches the age of 18. All Louisiana residents can register to vote or make changes to their voter registration at the DMV while renewing their driver’s license.

All new voters registering by mail who do not provide identification must vote in person the first time, unless they are a student at an institution for higher learning located outside of the registrant’s parish of residence. Upon presentation of a copy of their student identification or fee bill showing current enrollment, along with an Application to Vote by Mail, the voter will be added to the list to receive their ballot by mail.

For the upcoming November 6th election, the deadline for in person and by mail registration is Tuesday, October 9th at 4:30 p.m. and online registration is Saturday, October 16th, at 11:59 p.m.

Early voting for all interested voters will be held in the Registrar of Voters Office from Tuesday, October 23rd to Saturday, October 27, and Monday, October 29 through Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Absentee voting by mail is available for voters who will be out of parish on Election Day and the week of Early Voting, or if a person is over 65, or has a mobility impaired ID card (must provide a copy). The last day to make a written request for an absentee ballot is Friday, November 2, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

For more information on voter registration or the upcoming election, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at (318) 357-2211.