High percentage of residents registered to vote

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - New numbers from the Secretary of State's Office show Louisiana ranks very high when it comes to citizens being registered voters. The Commissioner of Elections loves those new numbers.

The comparison of registered voters in 2011 to just three years ago shows a five percent increase, meaning 83 percent of the state's population who is eligible to vote is registered.

Commissioner of Elections Angie Rogers said voter registration drives are successful.

"We always get a little boost," said Rogers. "It's done a month before the close of books to get everybody registered in time because you must register 30 days before an election to vote in that election."

The deadline to register for the Oct. 22 election is Thursday, Sept. 22. EBR Parish Registrar of Voters Elaine Lamb said her office is unusually slow this time of year because voters are using alternate ways of registering.

"Usually, at this time of the year, we're really busy," Lamb said. "Of course, now you can register online, you can register through the mail, so that has taken a little off of us. We still have people coming in walking in to register."

If you haven't voted in the last four years, you might be surprised when you go to the polls.

"We have some who haven't voted in four years. It's a possibility they have been taken off the rolls. Also, if you have moved and not changed the address, you can go to the Secretary of State's website and check to see if you're still registered," Lamb added.

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