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Early voting begins October 25, 2022

by Amber McDown

The 2022 voting season will soon be upon us, and now is a great time to make sure you’re ready to cast your votes. 

The deadline to register to vote or to make changes to your registration will be October 11. The following week, October 18, will be the deadline to register online or make changes to your online registration. 

The early voting period will be from October 25 until November 1. Anyone who chooses to may vote early. Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at designated locations in their parish. Two standard locations in Webster Parish are the Webster Parish Courthouse located at 410 Main Street, Room 101 in Minden or the Springhill Civic Center at 101 Machen Drive in Springhill. 

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s website states: “The registrars of voters will open their offices from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for each day of early voting. When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card, a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture or other generally recognized picture identification card that has your name and signature. You may wish to contact your local Registrar of Voters Office for specific locations, dates and times.”

If you prefer to use a mail-in ballot, the deadline to request one — for everyone except those in the military or overseas — will be November 4, with the deadline for receiving those mail-in ballots as November 7. If you are in the military or overseas, your deadline to request a mail-in ballot will be November 7. Election day is November 8, 2022.

As election day draws nearer, people may be coming door-to-door trying to verify voter registration. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin issued this advisory to Louisiana voters: “ In advance of the upcoming November federal election, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin would like to inform Louisiana citizens t​hat the Secretary of State’s office, Registrar of Voters offices, nor Clerks of Court offices conduct a door-to-door canvass to update or confirm a voter’s registration. ​Although independent third party groups conduct their own door-to-door surveys, registration or petition drives, Louisiana residents are under no obligation to speak to or answer these groups’ questions. Cooperation or refusal to cooperate will have no bearing on a voter’s registration status. The Secretary of State’s office, in conjunction with local election officials, conducts an annual voter canvass via mail only.”

The election day voting locations will be announced closer to the election. If you have any questions about voting in the upcoming elections, please call the Registrar of Voters at (318) 377-9272 or email [email protected].

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