State’s presidential primary explained
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – With the Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary fast approaching, the deadline to register to vote as well as early voting is also coming up fast.
Louisiana’s presidential primary will occur March 24 and is known as the Presidential Preference Primary.
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.
Those who are registered Republican will vote on one of nine candidates that qualified in early December 2011. They are Michele Bachmann, Randy Crow, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Charles “Buddy” Roemer, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Electors who registered Democrat will see four names on the ballot from the Democratic Party and must choose between them. Those who qualified from the Democratic Party are “Bob” Ely, Darcy G. Richardson, John Wolfe and, the incumbent, Barack Obama.
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 last day for persons to register to vote in the March 24, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary will be Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m., according to the Registrar of Voters office.
Regular hours of the Acadia Parish Registrar of Voters are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Their office is located at 568 NW Court Circle in Crowley.
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 March 24 election will be Saturday, March 10; Monday, March 12 through Saturday, March 17. Office hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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.
A meeting of the Acadia Parish Board of Election Supervisors will be held in the Registrar of Voters Office at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 to draw the commissioners for the March 24 election. This meeting shall be open to the public.
For any additional information on the March 24 election, early voting, voting registration deadlines and/or the parish’s election commissioners drawing, please call the Registrar of Voters office at 788-8841.