Early voting begins Saturday
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – It may not have been part of “Super Tuesday,” but Louisiana’s voice in the Presidential Primary season is still to be heard. And, the first chance to cast a vote will begin Saturday.
Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary will begin Saturday, March 10 at 8:30 a.m. The Registrar of Voters Office, which is located at 568 NW Court Circle in Crowley, will remain open until 6 p.m. to give interested residents the opportunity to cast their vote early.
Early voting will continue Monday, March 12 through Saturday, March 17. Early voting hours will remain the same, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
If you wish to wait to cast your vote, Louisiana’s presidential primary election will be held March 24.
The primary is a statewide election and allows electors of each of the two major political parties to express their preference as to who they want to be nominated for President of the United States.
This election is a “closed party election,” meaning that only the Democratic and Republican parties are involved and electors may only vote in the primary for their specific party affiliation.
Meaning, those who registered Republican will vote for a Republican candidate. If you, as a voter, did not register as either a Democrat or Republican, you cannot participate in the Presidential Preference Primary portion of the election.
There are not runoff elections for the two parties. Whoever receives the most votes wins their respective primaries, regardless if a majority is reached.
The registrar’s office reminds voters that proper identification is required during early voting. Please bring the following with you when you come in: current driver’s license or current Louisiana identification card and your voter identification card.
Voters who require assistance early voting or when they go to their voting precinct on election day are required to bring a physician’s certificate or excuse stating the reason they need assistance. This document is to be given to the registrar or to the commissioner in charge to be delivered to the registrar.
Once that election season ends, the office will turn its attention toward the April 21 Municipal General Election.
The last day to register for that election is Wednesday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Regular hours of the Acadia Parish Registrar of Voters are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Proper identification–a current driver’s license, a current identification card, birth certificate and/or a baptismal certificate–is required to register to vote.
Early voting for the Municipal General Election will be Saturday, April 7 and Monday, April 9 through Saturday, April 14. Office hours for the early voting will once again be extended to 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As is typically the case, the Acadia Parish Board of Election Supervisors will meet prior to the Municipal General Election to draw commissioners for the April 21 election. That meeting will be held Friday, March 30 in the Registrar of Voters Office at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.
For any additional information on the March 24 or April 21 elections, early voting, voting registration deadlines and/or the parish’s election commissioners drawing, please call the Registrar of Voters office at 788-8841.