Last day to register to vote in-person is Wednesday

Last day to register to vote in-person is Wednesday
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn said Monday, September 9 that his office is processing dozens of recently submitted voter registration applications.

Members from the office recently visited several library branches across the parish during Voter Registration Week to provide an opportunity for citizens to register to vote near their home or workplace.

From those events, 114 applications were completed during Voter Registration Week at the local branch libraries, the office said Monday.

“Louisiana already has one of the highest percent of people registered to vote. We’re starting from a good place,” said Raborn. “One organization submitted almost 5,000 applications last week. So, there’s a lot of activity related to the election.”

Voters who need to register for the first time or who need to change their registration can do so by mail, in person, or online. Registration or changes by mail or in person must be done by Sept. 11. The online deadline is Sept. 21.

Early voting will be held Sept. 28 through Oct. 5. Voters can also double check where their polling place is on the GeauxVote app or online here.

Applicants registering to vote in person are asked to bring valid identification that establishes identity, age, and residency. Applicants are required to submit a current Louisiana driver’s license, if they have one, or a birth certificate or other documentation that can help officials establish their identity, age, and residency. Applicants cannot provide a picture ID are asked to bring a utility bill, payroll check, or government document that includes their name and address.

The Secretary of States Office said statutorily required canvasses can lead to voters being placed on an inactive list if they voluntarily cancel their registration, get transferred to another parish, or are identified on an out-of-state comparison report because they are registered in another state. Voters placed on the inactive list will remain registered voters unless they fail to confirm their registration address and do not vote in two federal election cycles.

Those who register and vote in both Louisiana’s Oct. 12 Gubernatorial Primary Election and the Nov. 16 Gubernatorial General Election will have the opportunity to receive the newest “I Voted” sticker designed by artist Tony Bernard.

The 2019 "I Voted" sticker for Louisiana residents was designed by artist Tony Bernard. It is titled “In Love With Louisiana.”
The 2019 "I Voted" sticker for Louisiana residents was designed by artist Tony Bernard. It is titled “In Love With Louisiana.”

Additionally, about 43,000 new voter information cards were mailed to voters in 34 precincts to notify them of a new polling place and/or a new precinct number.

READ MORE: Voter information cards mailed to 40k+ EBR voters due to changes in polling place, precinct numbers

Call the registrar of voters at 225-389-3940 for more information.

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