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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Voting for Western District of Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, LAFAYETTE, MONROE, ALEXANDRIA, LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley reminds voters that today is National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), which is dedicated to ensuring every American is registered to vote at their current address in time for the next election. National Voter Registration Day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September by thousands of volunteers, celebrities, organizations, businesses and elected officials from all over the country. To find out more about NVRD, visit nationalvoterregistrationday.org.

In Louisiana, registering can be done in person, by mail or online and is open throughout the year.  Registration to be eligible to vote in the November 8th presidential election and congressional primary ends on October 11th, and registration to be eligible to vote in the December 11th general congressional election is open until November 9th.  Early voting is October 25th to November 1th (except Sunday) from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the November 8th election, and November 26th to December 10th (except Sunday) from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the December 10th election. 

Residents should contact their local Registrar of Voters’ Office to determine their voting location.  Voters can download a sample ballot or obtain other election information by visiting the Louisiana Secretary of State’s web page online at www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting. Eligibility to register to vote in an election ends 30 days before that election. To find out more, call the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office at 225-922-0900.

“The right to vote is essential to maintaining our system of democracy,” Finley stated. “One of the Department of Justice’s most important responsibilities is ensuring access to the ballot box for every eligible American in the Western District of Louisiana.”

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.

Complaints of election fraud or voting rights violations should be directed to the FBI, who will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations.  The local FBI field offices can be reached by the public at the following telephone numbers: Shreveport at 318-861-1890, Lafayette at 337-233-2164, Monroe at (318) 387-0773, Alexandria at (318) 443-5097 and Lake Charles at (337) 433-6353. For a more information about FBI field offices in Louisiana visit https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/neworleans. The U.S. Attorney’s Office can be reached by the public at 318-676-3600 (Shreveport) or 337-262-6618 (Lafayette).

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division=s Voting Section in Washington, D.C., at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767. The division’s email address is voting.section@usdoj.gov, and voter complaints also can be filed online at www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake.

The Civil Rights Division=s Voting Section enforces six federal statutes. They are the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and the Help America Vote Act of 2002. For more information on the acts that the division enforces, visit www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/overview.php.

Updated September 27, 2016