ELECTION HEADQUARTERS 2020
The Secretary of State has announced that 87% of Louisiana residents have registered to vote in the upcoming November 3rd elections. Whether it is the presidential election looming, important federal, state and local positions are going to be filled or for the first time ever residents will be allowed to vote on Louisiana becoming a legal sports wagering state the number of people registered is at an all-time high.
It is important that everyone knows their rights, how to register to vote, reviews the ballot, are able to find their precinct and casts their ballots correctly. Shown below is a “Cliff-Notes” version of the what, where, how and when of the upcoming election. Make sure to let your voice be heard!
IN PERSON OR MAIL VOTING REGISTRATION
October 5th is the final day you can register to vote either in person or by mail. To register in person visit the Registrar of Voters Office in the Jackson Parish Courthouse, 500 E. Court Street, Jonesboro, LA.
To register and vote in Louisiana you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Must be 18 years old prior to the next election to be eligible to vote
- Reside in the parish in which you seek to register and vote. If you reside in more than one location you can register at only one residence.
- Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony for at least five years
- Not be under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights.
ONLINE VOTING REGISTRATION
The deadline to register online to vote through GeauxVote.com is October 13th. The award-winning GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app was the first-of-its-kind and puts important election information in the palm of your hand. After downloading the app, you can check your registration status, find your precinct, look at your personalized sample ballot, and watch election results in real-time on election night.
On-line registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will receive a voter information card by mail when your registration is complete. If you do not receive a voter information card within 30 days of registering, contact our local Registrar of Voters Office at (318) 259-2486.
There are several options for you to make your vote count. Choose the option that works best for you. Most importantly of all make sure that you do your part by letting your voice be heard.
VOTE BY MAIL – Voting by mail is a convenient option for voters who: will be absent on Election Day and during the early voting period, are in the military, are an overseas citizen, have a disability, area a senior citizen, are a student or qualify under one of tHe specific reason allowed by law to vote by mail. (A list can be found at www.GeauxVote.com)
You can apply to vote by mail at http://www.GeauzVote.com or by contacting our local Registrar of Voters Office. All voted mail ballots must be received by the local Registrar of Voters Office by 4:30 P.M. on the day before an election, except for military, overseas citizens, and eligible hospitalized voters who have until Election Day.
Early voting is a great convenience for voters wanting to avoid long lines on Election Day. Early voting begins on October 16th and runs through October 27th. Voting hours are 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 pm daily. Voters in line by 6:00 P.M. each day of the early voting period will be allowed to vote.
ELECTION DAY VOTING
It is important that you know the precinct you are registered to vote in and where that is located. To find your precinct online at http://www.GeauxVote.com, use the GeauxVote Mobil smartphone app or contact the Jackson Parish Registrar of Voters Office.
Bring a photo ID with you to vote. You may use a Louisiana Driver’s License, a Louisiana Special ID card, or other generally recognized picture identification card with your name and signature, such as a passport. You may obtain a FREE photo ID card at the Office of Motor Vehicles by presenting your voter information card. If you do not have a photo ID on Election Day, you will be required to sign an affidavit and supply personal identification information.
You are allowed three minutes to cast your vote unless you are entitled to assistance or use the audio voting keypad. Review your ballot ahead of time by going to http://www.GeauxVote.com.
Remember, you have the right to a campaign-free zone on Election Day. Electioneering within 600 feet of the polling site is not allowed and individuals may not bring or wear any campaign literature to the pools. Private property is exempt.