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Editorial: Only six business days left to register to vote

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 1:02 PM

People who are not registered to vote have six more business days to do so for the upcoming Nov. 6 election.

The deadline for people who want to register or who want to change their voter information is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

Area voter registration offices are open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. To register, a person must have a valid Louisiana driver’s license or some other form of identification with that person’s name, address and/or Social Security number.

Here are the Registrar of Voters offices in Southwest Louisiana:

Allen Parish: 105 N. Fifth St., Oberlin, 639-4966.

Beauregard Parish: 204 S. Stewart St., DeRidder. 463-7955.

Calcasieu Parish: 1000 Ryan St., Room 7, Lake Charles, 437-3572 and 721-4000.

Cameron Parish: 148 Smith Circle (West Annex), Cameron, 775-8014.

Jefferson Davis Parish: 302 N. Cutting Ave., Jennings, 824-0834.

Vernon Parish: 301 East Courthouse St., Leesville, 239-3690.

The ballot is headlined by the presidential election, but there are other issues to be decided.

Of note are the congressional elections, including that of the 3rd District, which encompasses most of Southwest Louisiana. Five candidates — Congressmen Charles Boustany Jr. and Jeff Landry, both Republicans, and fellow GOPer Bryan Barrilleaux, Democrat Ron Richard and Libertarian Jim Stark — are competing for that post.

Additionally, the ballot will include nine proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution.

In Calcasieu Parish, all voters will decide the fate of a property tax renewal that helps fund Burton Coliseum and the LSU Ag Center.

Voters in Southwest Louisiana will also decide a proposition that if approved would limit school board members to serving a maximum of three four-year consecutive terms.

Early voting will be held Oct. 23-30.

If you haven’t registered to vote, there are ample reasons to do so.

And in the next 36 days, don’t fall victim to the 30-second TV or radio commercial. Instead, study the issues, the candidates’ platforms and the propositions, and make an informed vote on Nov. 6.


This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Ken Stickney, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.

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