EBR Clerk of Court moves 19 polling places damaged by flood

Published: Sep. 30, 2016 at 7:02 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2016 at 7:25 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court released the changes in polling places across the parish due to the flooding.

EBR Metro Council voted Wednesday night to change an ordinance so the polling places could be moved for the upcoming election.

More than 60 precincts were damaged following historic flooding in August, which affects about 35,000 voters. The change will include polling places in wards one, two and three in the parish. Officials say 30 voting precincts at 19 polling places were affected.

"Our staffs worked together to canvass every area affected by flooding," said Clerk of Court Doug Welborn. "We were very proud to encounter so many individuals who were eager to work with us in our relocation efforts. Our teams are confident that every precinct that we moved is very close to the voters' original location.

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The changes in polling places will be in effect for both the November 8 election and December elections. The election on November 8 will have voters in the parish deciding on a new president, a U.S. Senate seat, six U.S. representatives and several local races.

"Our office will begin mailing new voter information cards to the more than 32,000 active voters affected by the relocations informing them of their new polling place," said Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn. "We also want voters temporarily displaced by flooding to know that they do not need to change their registered address unless they have permanently relocated."

Welborn said his office will have people stationed at relocated precincts on Election Day to let voters know where the new locations are in case they do not get the word beforehand.

"We plan to leave no resource unused to ensure that every voter is informed of these changes and has the opportunity to cast their vote in the upcoming elections," Welborn said.

Early voting for the November 8 election will run Tuesday, October 25 through Tuesday, November 1.

There were a few locations that were changed before the flood. Click here to see those locations.

For more information. voters can contact the Registrar's office or visit its website.

Below are the locations that have been relocated because of the flooding:

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