Push is on to get people registered to vote ahead of November election


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – People are getting registered to vote during Voter Registration Week.

Registering to vote has a new meaning for Raynell Neff.

“Actually I was a convicted felon and so and it feels good now to be able to vote. To be able to, I feel like my vote is going to count,” said Neff.

Raynell Neff is one of thousands of ex-prisoners in Louisiana who have their voting rights back.
He’s getting his on National Voter Registration Day during Voter Registration Week.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Office said they have been busy so far this week with phone calls about voter registration. Even if you’re already registered, you’re being encouraged to double check.

“Don’t wait to be surprised on Election Day that you’re no longer registered to vote. Check now to make sure you’re registered. Submit an application to us if you’re not registered, or if anything has changed,” said Steve Rabor, East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters.

Raborn said voter registrations increase during Presidential election years. They are seeing an increase in absentee ballot requests. He said voters can expect to start seeing those in the mail during the first week of October.

Neff is excited about election day.

“Get out and register. Get out and register. Every vote count,” said Neff.

The Registrar of Voters office has extended hours, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, for Voter Registration Week. You can also register to vote online .

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