Early voting starts on Saturday

VERMILION PARISH, La. (KLFY) -  Vermilion Parish Registrar of Voters is getting ready to start the early voting process on Saturday.
All you need is a valid form of identification, in order to avoid the lines on election day.

You may have noticed the campaign signs...

"Mayor, Chief of Police, and two council races in Abbeville. In Kaplan, there's the Mayor, Chief of Police and two council races, and we also have a school board election, School Board District A," said Michael Bertrand, with the Registrar of Voters in Vermilion Parish.

It's campaign season and early voting will take place from March 10 through March 17. The only day that the Registrar of Voters will be closed is Sunday the 11th.

"If they already do their early voting now and something comes up, whether they get invited to some place, they want to go hunting, they want to do whatever, go to a festival or something, they don't have to worry about it at that point," said Bertrand.

There's 10 different ballot styles in Vermilion Parish, because there's so many different breaks between the council races in either Kaplan and Abbeville.

"Some people have 4 items, some people just have 2. So it just depends on where you're living for this particular eleciton," Bertrand stated.

He says that the department has received numerous phone calls about the different races. Bertrand believes they will have a better early voting turnout than what he's seen in the last couple of elections.

"It gives them seven extra days to vote, and it's really a good option for them to consider," said Bertrand. 

Also, if you're disabled and cannot leave your home to vote, the Registrar of Voters will be able to mail ballots to your home.

Regardless of how you vote, Bertrand says it's essential.

"I think that it's important that we get good qualified people, and the way to do that, is to make sure you're aware of what you're voting for, and number 2, that you check out the candidates and make sure that they provide you with enough information, to be able to do a good job of voting," said Bertrand.

if you haven't registered yet for the upcoming election, it's too late...

However if you do register soon and some of these races head to a runoff in April, you will be eligible to vote then.

Voting for the general election will take place on March 24 at your designated precinct, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on the election and to view a sample ballot, visit http://geauxvote.com

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