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Voter Registration Week encourages residents to register to vote

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If you aren’t registered to vote, next week will be a good opportunity to do so.

The Webster Parish Registrar of Voters office is joining the Louisiana Secretary of State to help increase voter registration and participation during the state’s annual voter registration week, held May 9 through 13.

“I encourage you to become an active and informed voter. As Americans, the constitutional right to vote is one of our most precious rights,” Melanie J. Smith, Webster Parish Registrar of Voters said. “When you participate in the election process, your vote affects your nation, your state, your parish, and your community. Your vote does make a difference.”

Citizens with a valid Louisiana driver’s license can register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week by visiting GeauxVote.com.

Drives will be conducted throughout the week to encourage residents to register.

A weeklong drive will take place at the registrar’s office in the Webster Parish Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Tuesday, a drive will take place from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at the Willie and Mary Mac Memorial Branch Library in downtown Springhill. On Wednesday, a drive will take place from 1 until 3 p.m. at the main branch of the Webster Parish Library in Minden.

Residents can also register when they apply for or renew their driver’s license at any Office of Motor Vehicles; or when obtaining services at public assistance agencies and armed forces recruitment offices.

To register to vote you must be a U.S. citizen; be 17-years-old, but must be 18-years-old to vote; not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony; not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights; and reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register.

Primary elections for United States president will be held Nov. 8. The last day to register to vote in that election is Oct. 11.

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