BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC 33/Fox 44) The countdown has begun leading up to the census deadline and Election Day, and Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome is encouraging residents to get out and register for both.
A drive thru census registration and voter registration event will be held Tuesday, September 29th.
Voters must be registered in person by October 5th or online by October 13th.
The basic requirements to register is you must be a U.S. citizen, 17 years old, live in the state you’re registering to vote, and have no prior convictions.
The census deadline has now been extended to October 5th from the original September 30th date and local leaders are pushing for a higher response rate in Louisiana.
The state has the third worst census response rate with less than 94 percent of people living in Louisiana, reporting to the Census Bureau.
The census determines how many representatives Louisiana has in congress, and how much federal funding our communities receive for education, housing, and social programs.
Filling out the census brings in nearly $23,000 per Louisiana resident counted.
The event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cortana Mall, in the parking lot near Walmart.