Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 11

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In conjunction with the upcoming fall elections, Registrar of Voters Melanie Smith is encouraging Webster Parish residents to get registered to vote.

“I encourage eligible persons who are not registered to vote to register and become active voters in our parish,” Smith said. “If you are currently registered and you have not been voting, I encourage you to become an active, informed voter.”

The last day to register for the Nov. 8 election, which includes president of the United States, U.S. Senator, U. S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District as well as local elections is Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 4:30 p.m. Also any changes to voting records or address changes must be made before that deadline.

Eligible voters must be U.S. citizens, at least 17 years of age and must be 18 before the next election, not be under a judgment of interdiction for mental incompetence, not be under on order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony and reside in the state and parish in which they seek to vote.

Residents may apply for voter registration at the Registrar of Voters in the courthouse or by mailing a voter registration application, available at the library. Other designated mandated sites include the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles; Louisiana Department of Social Services office and WIC office, food stamp office and Medicaid offices; offices serving persons with disabilities; and armed forces recruitment offices.

Registered voters who have moved, changed addresses or names or have not voted in the past two federal elections can contact the registrar to become current voters.

For more information about voter registration, absentee voting, assistance to individuals with disabilities or other questions about voting, contact the Registrar of Voters office at 377-9272.

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