October 20th Voter Registration Deadline Ends

The deadline has now passed to register for Louisiana's October 20th elections.  And according to elections officials in both Caddo and Bossier Parishes, it appears interest is down this year.

A few dozen people made their way to the Caddo Registrar of Voters office, along Marshall Street in downtown Shreveport, on this deadline to register for next month's elections.  Ernie Roberson has served as Caddo Registrar of Voters for the last 17-years and said, "this is my fifth gubernatorial primary to be involved in from an administration standpoint and really this is the lowest build-up we've seen.  There just hasn't been a lot of interest yet."

Some of those who waited until now to register admit a bit of procrastination.  Among them is Michael Allbritton, a Caddo Parish voter who told us with a grin, "just a little bit; Just a little bit.  But, like I said, I could have still voted, like I said mainly because this was change of address."

Roberson predicts 45-percent of Caddo's 155-thousand registered voters will turn out.  Bossier Registrar Janet Burkes expects 30 to 35-percent of her parish's 63-thousand registered voters will turn out.

It turns out that only two to three percent of people who register actually walk in these days.  Instead, we're told 85-percent now register at the LA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Others do so by mail or places like the library.

Early voting could give both parish registrars a better idea of interest in this year's elections.  As for the biggest problem on election day, Roberson said it's lost voters who don't know or cannot find their correct precinct to vote.  He estimated it accounts for 92-percent of all the calls to his office on election days.