Residents prepare to vote for upcoming election - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Residents prepare to vote for upcoming election

In the eyes of many, there's never been a more critical time to be part of the process of voting.

Now is the time to register to vote or take care of other voter business in time for the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Veronikha Faulk from Peru is a new citizen and went to the Old Calcasieu Courthouse to register to vote. "After I hear the news I decided to register to vote in the next election. I think the next election is very crucial for this country and I think it's very, very necessary to register," Faulk said.

Faulk was a lawyer in Peru but got married here. She says in Peru people who don't vote are penalized.  "If you don't have the proof that you vote you cannot go and cash checks, you cannot do legal process, you cannot do any financial transaction."

She says in Peru voting was sometimes dangerous and involved hours waiting in line. "You know in my country we suffered terrorism, so it was very difficult to vote. But you know we needed to change. Part of citizenship is to go to vote. You need to do it if you want change," said Faulk.

Whereas here, as Registrar Angie Quienalty explains, it's increasingly easy to be part of the process whether you are registering or voting. "You can register on line, you can make changes on line, you can pick up a registration form at the library, they have forms. You can fill it out completely, mail it to us. You can use it as a registration, change of address, change of name, change of party. We have early voting if you're going to be out on election day. We have three locations, seven days of early voting as well as election day itself," said Quienalty.

Meanwhile, newly registered Faulk is anxious to participate in the process and considers it not just her right but her civic duty and responsibility.

For more information on registration and voting click here.

In order to vote for president Nov. 6 you must register by Oct. 9.

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