Under newly approved provisions for elections, Polls will be open at 7:00 AM (instead of the previous standard of 6:00 AM) at all polling places. All polls will remain open until 8:00 PM. Any voter in line at the time of closing will be allowed to vote.
All 87 precincts of the parish will be open for voting at their normal locations throughout the parish.
All Voters In Tangipahoa Parish may cast their ballot to elect a new Family Court Judge and on two tax propositions, one, a library tax renewal, and the second, a 30 year, half-cent, sales tax requested by the Sheriff to fund construction of a new jail. For those voters residing in Congressional District 5, they will be able to cast their vote for a Congressman for the Fifth Congressional District to replace Mr. Rodney Alexander who recently resigned his seat in Congress. Voters living within the city limits of Tickaw will also cast ballots for a new councilman to fill an existing vacancy.
Early Voting for the October 19th Election will begin on Saturday, October 5th and will continue to Saturday, October 12th. Early voting will not be held on Sunday, October 6th.Hours for Early Voting will be from 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM daily.
During the Early Voting period any and all qualified voters registered to vote in Tangipahoa Parish may vote at the Registrar of Voter’s Office at 110 North Bay Street, Amite (the Parish Court House) or at the Registrar of Voters Office in the Sheriff’s Substation at 15475 Club Deluxe Road in Hammond.
Any citizen qualified to register to vote and who is not currently registered must do so on or before the closing of the books on September 18th in order to vote in the upcoming October 19th Election. The same restriction applies to anyone currently registered who wishes to update information in their registration record such as their name, residential or mailing address, party affiliation, etc. By Law, changes to records for the upcoming election on October 19th may not be done after the close of books at 4:30 p.m. on September 18th.
Voters may submit registration applications at numerous locations in Tangipahoa Parish including the Registrar’s offices in Hammond or Amite, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and at any other State Office providing assistance to Louisiana citizens such as the Office of Family Services, etc.
Anyone registered and qualified to vote who may be currently out of the Parish or who intends to be out of the Parish during Early voting and on election day may contact the Registrar’s Office to request an Absentee By-Mail Ballot. Anyone with questions regarding Absentee-By-Mail Ballots may contact Ms. Delores Travis at the Registrar’s Amite Office by calling 985-748-3215. The deadline for requesting an Absentee By-Mail Ballot is Tuesday, October 15th by 4:30 PM . Absentee-By-Mail Ballots will be accepted from all domestic voters through October 18th by 4:30 PM in the Amite office only.The Absentee-By-Mail Ballots of all Military personnel will be accepted through Election Day (October 19th) until 8:00 PM.
Anyone may research their current voting status by accessing the Secretary of State’s website on their computer or, those with smart phones may download a free app, courtesy of the Secretary of State, by searching for “Geaux Vote”. Information available includes, current registration status, your voting location, and what is on your specific ballot.
If anyone should have any questions about their voting status or questions regarding the election process are encouraged to call the Registrar’s office in Amite at 748-3215, or the Registrar’s Office in Hammond by calling 345-3717.
We encourage you to exercise your right to vote by participating in this, and in any and all future elections.
“We, in Louisiana are fortunate to have one of the best election codes in the entire country based on the state Constitution of 1974. The framers of that document recognized and understood the need for a system of checks and balances in the administration of elections.Over the years, that realization and commitment has been oft improved such that three separate and independent Offices work in concert to manage the election process.”
Registrars handle the registration process, constantly update their records, and handle the Early Voting process.
The Clerk of Court and his staff manages the election day voting process and provides trained commissioners to assist voters at the polls.
The Secretary of State provides administrative and technical support to both the Registrar and Clerk of Court and provides the equipment used in the election.
It’s a partnership which has proven to be extremely efficient and reliable and has provided Louisiana with an electoral system that ranks among the top three