What to know before you vote

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Healthcare will continue to be a big topic as voters get ready to head to the polls. While many people are focused on the national election, wondering if Gov. Bobby Jindal will be on the ballot, there is plenty of homework ahead to be ready to walk in the booth less than 100 days from now.

Whether you're Team Obama or Team Romney, officials say these weeks leading up to the November elections aren't just for campaigning.

When voters head to the polls in Baton Rouge, they will decide the fate of elected officials on every level. Positions up for grabs include mayor, city council, school board members, Supreme Court nominees and even some congressional spots. There will also be a host of Constitutional Amendments for voters to decide upon.

"It's very important that a voter studies the ballot before Election Day," said Elaine Lamb, East Baton Rouge registrar of voters. "They need to know all about the candidate that they will be voting for, that will be representing them."

Lamb said now is the time to do the homework on elections. She suggests the Secretary of State website, http://www.sos.la.gov/.

On the website, voters can find polling locations and times, a list of candidates and a review of all amendments that will be on the ballot.

Of course, before voting residents must register.

Lamb added her office is registering up to 100 people each day. Registering can be done in person at the registrar's office, through the mail or even online.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 and early voting begins Oct. 23.

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