Thursday, October 25, 2012

Early Voting and other Voter Resources

"Vote early and often!" goes the old election day joke.  Well, you can't really vote often, but you can certainly beat the election day crowds by voting early.  Early voting for the November elections started Tuesday, October 23, and will run through next Tuesday, October 30.  If you live in Terrebonne Parish, the location for early voting is the office of the Registrar of Voters, in the Courthouse Annex.  The address is:
7856 Main St., Suite 110
Houma, LA 70360
Early voting hours are from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.  The office will be closed on Sunday.  For more information on early voting, click here to go to the Secretary of State's website.

To view sample ballots for your district, or to find your polling place for election day voting, go to  This is a very useful website, and if you need some help using it, check out our blog post here. If you would like to find out more about the state constitutional amendments on the ballot, the non-partisan Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has put together a guide for voters.  
For other information about finding facts and non-partisan information on the issues, we put together a blog post on fact-checking sites here.   Since that post, we've also found some other good voter information sites.  One is Public Agenda, a non-profit and non-partisan policy research organization.  Their Public Agenda for Citizens web page has excellent guides to issues, with charts, statistics, and explanations of views from all sides.  The page also offers more in-depth research reports, as well as links to other useful websites.
Another great resource is Project Vote Smart.  Their website lets you easily search "biographies, voting records, issue positions, ratings, speeches, campaign finance information" for all the candidates, and has guides to the issues with up-to-date information on key votes, interest group ratings of politicians, public statements by politicians, and ballot measures.  All this information is available at the national and the state level.  

Happy voting!

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