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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The April 6 election is two weeks away and early voting us underway in races throughout the state, including in Calcasieu Parish.

"These are items that will affect your everyday, so you need to be knowledgeable on what is on the ballot and decide what or how it will affect you," said Calcasieu Parish Registrar of Voters Angie Quienalty.

Quienalty said for the April 6 election, there are 11 different ballot styles depending on the parish precinct.

"We have some city council for the City of Lake Charles that are on the ballot. We have the town of Vinton that has the Chief of Police," Quienalty said. "We have a number of propositions on the ballot. City of Lake Charles has a proposition, the Police Jury has three parish-wide propositions that everyone in the parish will be eligible to vote on those propositions."

Quienalty also mentioned a proposition for the City of Sulphur and a few school district special taxing items. 

For some early voters, it's better to get their vote in right now instead of waiting on election day.

"Any election is important whether it's small or large. I vote all the time," said Bryan Beverly, a Lake Charles resident. 

"Probably the development of the hotel giving the city authority to do the financing on the hotel. That was critical to me because I'm in (the) real estate industry," Beverly said. "I'm always mindful of those things and that's very important to move our city forward."

For others, it's not about what's on the ballot that matters, but getting out and making their vote count.

"I like exercising my rights, plus early just beating the crowd is a plus there," said Doris Broussard, of Lake Charles.

But one of the most important things to remember, according to Quienalty, is arriving to the polling booths prepared.

"We encourage you to be informed as to what you are voting on, hopefully before you leave home, but if not, you're welcome to look at our sample ballots," Quienalty said.

Early voting continues until March 30. The polls will be closed on Good Friday. Registered voters can between 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
 
There is a list of races across Southwest Louisiana. To see what's on the ballot in your area, click here

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