To prepare for parish and state elections in October, local registrar of voters offices are participating in the statewide Voter Registration and Education Week.
This fall, Louisiana voters will have new early voting machines. To help prepare voters for the new machines, Lafourche is hosting an open house Tuesday through Friday.
Demonstrations will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thibodaux office, 307 W. Fourth St., and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Galliano office in the South Lafourche Library, 16241 E. Main St.
Terrebonne Parish is holding a series of voter registration events this week, including hosting a fourth-grade field trip from St. Mathews Episcopal School on Wednesday.
Registration events in Terrebonne will be held at the following:
• 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday at Shady Acres Senior Center, 6215 W. Main St., Houma.
• 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Cliff College, 803 Barrow St., Houma.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bonne Terre Apartments, 216 Barataria Ave., Houma.
• 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Terrebonne Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma.
• 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Fletcher Community College, 1407 La. 311, Schriever.
• 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the North Branch Library, 4130 W. Park Ave., Gray.
• 2-4 p.m. Friday at the East Branch Library, 778 Grand Caillou Road, Houma.
At those events, registrar staff will offer new voter registration, registration changes, mail ballot registration, voter information and ballot item information.
Terrebonne will also be giving voters a preview of the new early voting machines. The machines will not be at Bonne Terre Apartments, however, due to a scheduling conflict.
“The first step to participating in the electoral process is registering to vote,” Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said in a news release. “This fall, Louisianians will choose statewide leaders as well as vote for a host of local and municipal races, constitutional amendments and propositions. Make sure you get registered so you can Geaux Vote on Election Day!”
The deadline to register to vote in-person or by mail is Sept. 11. The deadline to register to vote online is Sept. 21. Eligible voters can register online at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov.
Early voting for the Oct. 12 election will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, excluding Sunday, Sept. 29.
Early voting in Terrebonne Parish is held at the registrar’s office, 8026 Main St., Houma.
Lafourche now has three early voting sites: the Thibodaux registrar’s office, the Mathews Government Complex, 4876 La. 1, and the Galliano office.
Voting on election day will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at regular polling locations.
The state has also unveiled a new sticker design for voters.
The new sticker, ““In Love With Louisiana,” was designed by Tony Bernard and features the state bird and seal.
The stickers will be available for early voting, the Oct. 12 primary and the Nov. 16 general election.
For voting information, call the Terrebonne Registrar’s Office at 873-6533 or Lafourche at 447-3256.
Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.