St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Louisiana Voter Education Week

Louisiana Voter Education Week

August 31, 2011

The week of August 29th through September 2nd is Louisiana Voter Education Week, and representatives from St. John’s Registrar of Voters Office are conducting voter registration drives. So far this week, representatives have visited Riverside Academy, St. Charles Catholic, West St. John High School and Matherne’s Supermarket registering new voters. Due to a scheduling problem, they will visit East St. John High School next Thursday. Seniors can register to vote at the West Bank Council on Aging facility on Thursday and the East Bank Council on Aging facility on Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m.

During 2011 reapportionment, many changes were made to district lines and voting precincts. New voter registration cards were mailed several weeks ago and should be reviewed for changes. All voters are encouraged to verify their precinct and district as some have changed since the last election. Residents are also encouraged to review their registration information for accuracy or changes. Ms. Betty Madere, Registrar of Voters, stated, “We must have the current physical and mailing address for all residents. There are many residents that have changed address information and we encourage them to update their information.”

There are several options available for casting votes in the upcoming fall elections. In addition to early voting and voting on Election Day, seniors, individuals with mobility impairments, and students and residents who will be out-of-town for the election, are reminded of the option to vote by mail. Residents can obtain ballots by mail by calling the Registrar of Voters Office and making the request. Ballots should be returned to the office of the Registrar of Voters two to three days before the deadline to ensure receipt of your vote.

Residents have until September 21st to register to vote in the October 22nd elections. Early voting will be conducted October 8-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Percy Hebert Building, 1801 West Airline Highway, LaPlace or the Edgard Courthouse, 2393 River Road, Edgard. In addition to this week’s activities, residents can always register to vote online at or visit the Registrar of Voters Office in the Percy Hebert Building on the East Bank or in the Edgard Courthouse on the West Bank.