La. Secretary of State urges voter participation - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

La. Secretary of State urges voter participation

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Senate passes VA reform bill for clinics in Lafayette, Lake Charles

    Senate passes VA reform bill for clinics in Lafayette, Lake Charles

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:54:00 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that reforms the Veterans Affairs Administration and allows for the authorization of VA outpatient clinics in Lake Charles and Lafayette.More >>
    The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that reforms the Veterans Affairs Administration and allows for the authorization of VA outpatient clinics in Lake Charles and Lafayette.More >>
  • Women capitalizing on jobs in SWLA plants

    Women capitalizing on jobs in SWLA plants

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:21:18 GMT
    Valerie Burnett, Operator at SasolValerie Burnett, Operator at Sasol
    Have you considered working in the local plants of Southwest Louisiana? With all the job opportunities available now and coming in the future, many women are capitalizing on the openings.More >>
    Have you considered working in the local plants of Southwest Louisiana? With all the job opportunities available now and coming in the future, many women are capitalizing on the openings.More >>
  • Minister Greg Warren discusses BP claims "project" and his past

    Minister Greg Warren discusses BP claims "project" and his past

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:49:36 GMT
    He recognizes his tax evasion and wire fraud convictions make people suspicious of him. But Minister Greg Warren says his heart is in the right place as he attempts to assist people he says may qualify for compensation in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill. "I was called to the ministry about 35 years ago. My father was a traveling evangelist for about 52 years," said Warren, who is with the Pear Ridge Church of Hammond.The idea of cashing in on the BP oil spill is something that appeals...More >>
    He recognizes his tax evasion and wire fraud convictions make people suspicious of him. But Minister Greg Warren says his heart is in the right place as he attempts to assist people he says may qualify for compensation in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill. "I was called to the ministry about 35 years ago. My father was a traveling evangelist for about 52 years," said Warren, who is with the Pear Ridge Church of Hammond.The idea of cashing in on the BP oil spill is something that appeals...More >>

The deadline has now passed to register to vote in the November 6 presidential election.

It was busy at the old Calcasieu Courthouse as people crowded in to register at the last minute.

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler came through town to help drum up voter participation and let people know how to honor vets with their vote. 

Schedler predicts large voter turnout on election day too, so he urges people to prepare and plan accordingly. " Presidential election means larger voter turnout. We were 72% of 2.9 million voters in 2008.  We're anticipating roughly the same, and don't get lulled to sleep because unfortunately voter turnout in local elections is 20-25% which is something we're trying to work on to improve. But keep in mind this will be triple that amount," said Schedler.

And besides the civic duty to vote, those who participate can also dedicate their vote to honor veterans. Schedler says it's a way to show appreciation for servicemen and women on the web and by displaying the bumper sticker and lapel pin you'll receive. "You merely go to my web site.  It's honor vets.vote.  You go in, you get a nice certificate, whoever you want to honor.  If it's your dad, give it to your mom if she's still alive or whatever it may be or to that neighbor for that kid who's over there right now and it just says, you know, Tom Schedler honors Sgt. John Smith, U.S. Air Force.  Certificate, you get a lapel pin if you so desire and a nice, little, small, not obnoxious, bumper sticker that's just about five inches.  It says I'm honoring a veteran with my vote," explained Schedler.

So much of the voting process is computerized now, it might make some wonder if it all works the way it should.  Schedler has complete confidence in Louisiana's system. "We test that constantly.  And we have not had an error in an electronic election division in, I can't remember when,"said Schedler.

And so, he urges voters to get informed and participate.  early voting starts October 23rd runs to the 30th.

For everything you need to be an informed voter click here.  This site has instructions on honoring veterans with your vote.

Copyright 2012 KPLC All rights reserved

Powered by WorldNow