Some students who attend the South Louisiana Community College in New Iberia were unable to vote Tuesday, due to missing applications. Christine Peyton, SLCC public relations official, said the Student Government association held a voter drive last month. A student worker with SGA turned the paperwork from the drive into the Lafayette Registrar of Voters. Peyton said it wasn't until today they even knew there was problem, once they began receiving calls from students.
Charlene Meaux-Menard, Lafayette Registrar, said she has no proof any paperwork from the drive was delivered to her office. Meaux-Menard said organizers of voter drives normally have to fill out paperwork, stating how many applications they are dropping off.
Meaux-Menard said any forms received on the day before a registration deadline would have been faxed to the appropriate parishes, in order for the paperwork to be processed in time.
"Every day we receive applications from other parishes. We receive applications from the DMV daily. They have to go out to each parish, it is a daily cycle for us," she explained.
Marilyn Adams, Iberia Parish Registrar said she received calls from students who were unable to vote. She said she also has no proof of receiving voter registration from the drive or from the Lafayette Registrar.
Officials with SLCC are unsure how many students registered, and how many were unable to vote.