Registrar waiting to sign you up (to vote in next election)

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Are you planning to vote in the upcoming election but aren’t registered yet?

Angela Hall and Denise Weeks are ready to help you out at the Webster Parish Registrar of Voters office at the courthouse in Minden.

“One thing people need to ask themselves before they register is this, has my address changed since the last election?” Weeks said. “It’s very important that we have the correct address.”

An incorrect address could put a voter in the wrong district or precinct.

The deadline to register to vote in person, by mail or at the OMV Office is Oct. 11.

“If someone mails in their voter registration on the 10th, and we get it on the 13th, we go by the postmarked date,” Weeks said.

The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 18.

Weeks said their office has not seen an influx of persons registering to vote for the Nov. 8 election.

“It’s no more than usual,” she said. “As we get closer to closing the books, it will pick up more.”

More often, Weeks said, most of those registering are going through

“Where we might have 5 to 7 a day, now we might have 10,” she said.

As the sign-up deadline draws nearer, Weeks said she expects it to pick up even more.

“Some of the candidates have ordered their walk list, and that will stir up people to register,” she continued. 

Early voting is from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 30) at the registrar’s office in the courthouse.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 (other than military and overseas voters). You can request an absentee ballot online through the Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office.

The deadline for the registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 (other than military and overseas voters).

On election day, the polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you are unsure of your voting precinct, please call 377-9272.

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