Preparing for Election Day

The following is a News Release from the Clerk of Court:

Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court Lynn Jones is encouraging voters to be prepared and informed when they go to the polls this Saturday.

"When voters prepare before hand, things move much faster and smoother on Election Day. Also, many times if a voter goes into the booth unprepared, they end up guessing on certain races or issues and have regrets on how they actually voted. I hear that all the time."

"We've seen a stronger than expected turnout in early voting. It was up by 12% throughout the state. Often early voting can be indication of voter turnout on Election Day. In the last couple of gubernatorial elections voter turnout approached percentages in the upper 40's. Because there are no well-funded challengers in the governor's race, most pundits are predicting sparser turnout than in the past; however, highly contested local races, such as the Calcasieu Assessors race, can be a factor in motivating voters to cast their ballot."

All voting places will be open from 6am to 8pm. Voters are asked to bring a valid photo ID.

Due to Saturday's nice weather outlook and the many outdoor activities happening around the parish, Jones recommends voting early in the day to avoid voters becoming distracted and missing the opportunity to cast their ballots.

Jones also reminds candidates and supporters that Louisiana law prohibits campaigning within 600 feet of the entrance of the polling site. Also, distributing, placing or displaying campaign memorabilia, cards, pictures, or other campaign literatures of any kind is not allowed within the 600 feet parameter.

If anyone has any questions on Election Day then they can call the Clerk of Court office at 437-3550 or the Registrar's office at 437-3572.