2006 Press Releases

3.1.2006: ACLU Publishes Voters' Guide for Orleans Parish Elections on April 22 and May 20, 2006

VOTERS' GUIDE FOR THE ORLEANS PARISH ELECTIONS

Updated 3/9/06

The information in this guide is based on the best information available to us at the time of its publication. For updates or questions, contact the Secretary of State.

PRIMARY ELECTION:                       

April 22nd, 2006

6:00 am to 8:00 pm

GENERAL ELECTION:

May 20th, 2006

6:00 am to 8:00 pm

STAND UP  FOR  YOUR RIGHTS:

If you are in line by 8 pm you must be allowed to vote!

QUESTIONS?

Call the Secretary of State?s Office:

1-800-883-2805

I'm Registered, But Can't Get Home To New Orleans For the Day of the Elect ion!

WHO CAN VOTE ABSENTEE?

1) If you have voted in person in New Orleans before, you can vote absentee.

2) If you registered to vote in person in New Orleans, you can vote absentee.

3) If you registered to vote by mail between October 5, 2004 and September 24, 2005, and are displaced by the hurricane, even if you have not voted in person in New Orleans before, you can vote absentee.

SPECIAL CASE: If you registered to vote by mail before October 5, 2004, AND you have not yet voted in person, you cannot vote absentee by fax, drop-off, or mail, can, but vote early in person in New Orleans, or at any early voting satellite location.

NOTE: If you do not fall into one of the above categories, you can only vote in person, in New Orleans, on election day or during the early voting period. You are not eligible to vote absentee by fax, drop drop-off, or mail or early at a satellite voting center center.

HOW TO VOTE ABSENTEE:

1) Vote Early In Person or "Absentee In Person"

2) Vote Absentee By Fax, Drop-Off, or Mail

WHERE TO VOTE EARLY IN PERSON:

Orleans Parish Early Vote Location

1300 Perdido Street ~ Room 1W23 ~ New Orleans, LA

Ward 15 ONLY: 225 Morgan St.

Satellite  Early Voting Locations

Satellite early voting locations have been set up in 10 Louisiana Parishes. Contact the Secretary of State at (800) 883-2805 or visit their website ( http://www.sec.state.la.us ) to find the satellite center nearest to you.

WHEN TO VOTE EARLY IN PERSON:

Primary Election Early Vote Period:

Mon-Thurs April 10-13th & Sat April 15th, 2006 from 8:30 am ?4:30 pm

General Election Early Vote Period:

Mon-Fri May  8-12th from 8:30 am ?4:30 pm , & Sat May 13th from 8:30 am?NOON

STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS: If you are in line by 4:30 pm on Sat April 15th or NOON on Sat May 13th, you must be allowed to vote!

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REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

I?m NOT Displaced by the Hurricane:

If you are not displaced by the hurricane, you do not need an affidavit and only need to fill out one form that you can get from the Registrar or the internet:  http://www.sec.state.la.us/elections/MISC/request_absentee_ballot.pdf .        

 

NOTE: Unlike displaced voters, the Registrar must receive this form 4 days prior to election: April 18th or May 16th.

I AM STILL Displaced by the Hurricane:

To take advantage of special voting rules for displaced voters, you MUST fill out 2 FORMS: 

1) an  Absentee Ballot By Mail Request, AND 

2) a Displaced Voter Affidavit.

1) Get "Absentee Ballot By Mail" Request Form                                    

Call the Registrar of Voters OR print from the internet:http://www.sec.state.la.us/elections/MISC/request_absentee_ballot_DISPLACED.pdf    

NOTE: This form is titled "Absentee Ballot By Mail" but is also used for Absentee by Fax requests requests.

2) Get " Displaced Voter Affidavit Form"                                               

Call the Registrar of Voters OR print from the internet:http://www.sec.state.la.us/elections/MISC/request_absentee_ballot_AFFIDAVIT.pdf 

NOTE: Make sure your affidavit has a statement that says "Made under penalty of perjury  for providing false or fraudulent information" and if it doesn?t, handwrite it on the form. ALSO: This form requires the signatures of 2 witnesses OR a notary.

FAX, Drop Drop-Off, or Mail Forms

REMINDER: Send BOTH FORMS if you are displaced displaced!

If You Want T To o Request a Ballot by FAX:                                          

Fax both forms to (504) 658- 8315.

If You Want To Drop Off a Ballot Request:                                            

1300 Perdido Street ~ Room 1W23 ~ New Orleans, LA

Ward 15 ONLY: 225 Morgan St.

If You Want To Request a Ballot by Mail                                               

Mail both forms to: 

Orleans Parish Registrar ~ PO Box 94125 ~ Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125. 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES: If you are displaced, BOTH forms MUST be received in Registrar's Office by 4:30 pm the day before the election.  

LAST DAY ACCEPTING BOTH FORMS: 

APRIL 21st (Primary) & MAY 19th (General)

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DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT BY FAX OR MAIL?

If You Want to Receive Your Ballot by Mail:                                             

On #9 of the absentee ballot request for displaced voters, or the bottom of the regular form, write in mailing the address where you want the State to send your ballot.

Will They Send My Ballot to a FAX Number?                                        

YES! Just write on #9 of the same form that you "want your ballot to be sent by fax" and number include the fax where you can receive faxes.

HOW TO CAST ABSENTEE BALLOTS:

FAX, Drop Drop-Off, or Mail Completed Ballot                                      

Once you fill out your ballot, you can fax, mail, or drop it off at the Orleans Parish Registrar?s office.

NOTE: Your Ballot is not complete until it is signed by two witnesses OR a notary.

If You Want To Send Your Ballot by FAX                                                 

1) Make sure the following statement is on your ballot: "I understand that by faxing my voted ballot I am voluntarily waiving my right to a secret ballot." If it isn?t you must handwrite it on the ballot.                                                                            

2) Then you must Sign, Date, and Write your SS# below that statement.                   

3) Send your completed ballot by fax to (504) 658-8315.

If You Want To Drop-Off Your Ballot In Person                                    

1300 Perdido Street ~ Room 1W23 ~ New Orleans, LA

Ward 15 ONLY: 225 Morgan St.

If You Want To Send  Your Ballot by Mail                                                            

Mail both forms to: 

Orleans Parish Registrar ~PO Box 94125 ~ Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125.

PROTECT YOURSELF!  Due to mail problems, you may want to send your absentee request forms and your ballot by certified mail so you have proof of your request and of your voted ballot.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:                                                              

If you used an affidavit to vote absentee, your completed ballot must be received in Registrar?s Office by Election Day.  Otherwise, your completed ballot is due the day before the election.

I 've Never Voted Before, How Do I Vote?

REGISTER TO VOTE

1) Get Voter Registration Form                                                           

Call Registrar of Voters, OR print from the internet: http://www.sec.state.la.us/elections/MISC/form_0110_ver-011106.pdf 

NOTE: On the form, "Residence Address" refers to the Orleans Parish address you are registering for. "Mailing Address" is the place where you are now receiving mail.

2) Mail In Form or Bring To Approved Location                                    

You can either mail the form in, or drop it off in person at the Orleans Parish Registrar?s office or at any other approved location in Louisiana. This form cannot be faxed.

If You Want To Register by Mail:                                                      

Orleans Parish Registrar 

~ PO Box 94125 ~Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125. Phone: (504) 658-8300.                                     

NOTE: A "verification" card will be sent to your Orleans Parish Address. Check with the post office to be sure your mail is being forwarded to your current mailing address.

If You Want To Register In Person At Orleans Parish Registrar:                  

1300 Perdido Street ~ Room 1W23 ~ New Orleans, LA                                       

BRING ID : Bring a document to prove your age, residency and identity (Driver?s License or Birth Certificate).

If You Want To Register In Person At Other Approved Location:              

These include the Office of Motor Vehicles, Department of Social Services, WIC Offices, Food Stamp Offices, Medicaid Offices, State Disability Centers, Deaf Action Centers, Independent Living, or Armed Forces Recruitment Offices.                                

BRING ID : You only need the ID normally accepted by these other approved locations.

 IMPORTANT DEADLINES: Registration Forms MUST be received by Registrar?s Office 30 Days Prior to Election. 

LAST DAY ACCEPTING FORMS:         

MARCH 22nd (Primary)   &     APRIL19th (General)

NOTE: If you register by mail after 9/25/05, you can only vote in person (election day or early vote) and only in Orleans Parish.          

 NOTE: If you register in person after 9/25/05, vote you can absentee or in person only in Orleans Parish (election day or early vote), you cannot vote in any satellite location.

KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS

Where Do I Go To Vote on Election Day?                                                

Since the storm, polling places have been changed. The new polling locations will be published in the Times Picayune (http://www.nola.com ) but if you are unsure about where to go vote, call the Registrar?s office at (504) 658-8300 or the State?s voter line (800) 883-2805.

Do I Need To Bring ID?                                                                         

You should bring a driver?s license or I.D. card with you if you have it. You will be asked for it. If you do not have identification, you must still be allowed to vote! Ask the poll worker for a " Voter Identification Affidavit."

What If They Don?t Have Me On the List?                                                 

If a poll worker tells you that you are not on the list, you have a right to ask for a "Provisional Ballot Ballot." Then, 7 days after the election, you can call (800) 883-2805 to make sure that your vote was counted.

What If They Challenge My Right To Vote?                                               

If you are on the voter list but someone challenges your right to vote, election supervisors at the polling place will rule on whether you are eligible to vote. You must be allowed to vote unless a majority of the supervisors rule against you.

Do I Get Help If I Am Disabled?                                                                 

YES! You have a right to go to the front of the line and to ask for and receive help at any time.

Can I Vote If Homeless in New Orleans?    

YES! Just tell the registrar where you usually reside in New Orleans, you do not need a street number.

Can I Vote If Convicted of a Felony?       

YES! As long as you have completed your sentence and are no longer on parole, probation or in prison. Contact the Registrar to get registration reinstated.

Can I Vote If Convicted of a Misdemeanor?                                          

YES! You do not lose your right to vote if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor.

TROUBLE? QUESTIONS? ASK FOR HELP!

If you are having trouble voting, you always

have the right for someone to help you.

QUESTIONS: 1-800-883 -2805

The above guide is also available in PDF format below. It is two pages that are meant to be reproduced as one front-to-back page and folded into a tri-fold brochure.  

NOTE: When printing, make sure that Adobe is not set up to scale the image....in the "page scaling" section of print properties, the scale should be set to "none." Otherwise when you print it won't line up right for folding....

News/2006/ACLU Orleans Voter Guide Post-Katrina.pdf

For sample Displaced Voter Affidavit, click here.