Election Preparation

Election commissioners were recertified at a workshop conducted by Clerk of Court David Stamey Tuesday, Oct. 13 in preparation for the upcoming Nov. 3 election. Three workshops were scheduled Tuesday to adhere to social distancing and capacity limitations. On the Tuesday, ov. 3 ballot are the races for US President, US Senator, US Representative, Member of La. Public Service Commission, City Judge, Ward 2 Constable and Ward 4 Constable and Justice of the Peace. Polls will be open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Photo by Juanice Gray

By  Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com or 318-352-3618 ext 218

Commissioners attended a recertification workshop Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Natchitoches Events Center in preparation for the upcoming Presidential election. Stations like the one above will be placed at every polling location for the Nov. 3 election Additional PPE initialized will be sneeze guards to further separate commissioners from the public and vertical stands, opposed to the floor cones in previous elections this year, marking 6-feet distancing while in the polling place.

Election commissioner Judy Nichols tests the Purell hand sanitizing station.
Photo by Juanice Gray

Clerk of Court David Stamey emphasized at the workshop that citizens can only vote once. ‘For those whom received a mail-in ballot, but choose to vote early or in person on election day, they may do so, but only if the mail-in ballot is not returned. Once a mail in ballot is received, that voter in ineligible to vote again in the same election.

Since the upcoming election is a federal ballot, with the President of the United States as well as races for US Senator and US Representative, there are special rules.

Voters who cannot make it to their regular polling place on election day can still vote at another polling place within the parish where they reside. A provisional ballot is a written ballot with only the three federal elections as options.

Stamey explained the race for City Judge, that extends outside the city limits of Natchitoches. The judge position encompasses all of Ward I. All other wards have constables and justices of the peace. Ward I contains a large majority of the city and has enough activity to warrant the position of judge.

Commissioners learned HB59 by Rep. Beau Beaullieu was scheduled for floor debate Tuesday as well. The bill would authorize additional compensation to certain election officials. Present law provides for the pay structure for certain election commissioners and parish custodians of voting machines. The proposed law authorizes the secretary of state to approve payment of up to $100 per election or each day of assistance as additional compensation to commissioners and custodians during an election held within one year following the date of the issuance of any gubernatorial declaration of an emergency.

Early voting begins Friday, Oct. 16 and ends Tuesday, Oct. 27. Closed Sunday.

Last day to request a mail in ballot is Oct. 30.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. Nov. 3 and close at 8 p.m.

Voters should bring a photo ID.

For more information, download the Geauxvote app.