Wednesday deadline for primary voter registration

Published 8:23 am Wednesday, February 3, 2016

State authorities are reminding potential voters that today is the last day to register before the March 5 presidential preference primary.

Anyone interested in registering can do so several ways.

First, anyone can go online and register through the secretary of state’s registration portal. That portal, called GeauxVote, is available through the secretary of state’s website,

The deadline for registration is midnight Wednesday.

In order to register to vote online, Meg Casper, the press secretary for Secretary of State Tom Schedler, said residents need to have their Louisiana driver’s license available.

If a resident does not have a driver’s license or does not want to register online, residents can go to the parish registrar’s office or visit their local motor vehicle office.

However, those offices will close in the evening.

“If you’re going to a registrar’s office or a motor vehicle office, then those places close by 4:30 p.m.,” Casper said.

The Washington Parish Registrar of Voters office is located at 900 Washington St. in Franklinton. The Department of Motor Vehicles office is located at 309 11th Ave. in Franklinton.

Casper said voters who register in person do not necessarily need a driver’s license.

“If you don’t have a Louisiana driver’s license, you can still go to the parish registrar’s office, and you will need to bring something to verify your address like a paycheck stub, or a utility bill or something like that,” she said.

Randy Strickland, the Washington Parish Registrar of Voters said his office isn’t open special hours Wednesday, but he did say residents can fill out a registration card in various other locations around Washington Parish.

“The post office has applications, public works has applications, the health unit has some, I think that’s primarily it in the Bogalusa area,” he said. “If they’re postmarked by the 5th, and we get them in here on the 6th or 7th, that’s still OK. But they have to be in our office or postmarked by the 5th.”

The March 5 vote is by party only, so Democrats will have to vote for Democratic candidates and Republicans for Republican candidates.

According to the secretary of state’s website, some parishes will also have elections for other offices, but Washington Parish will not.