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Registrar Office Patricia Sanders
Registrar of Voters

Ph: 318-927-3332
Fax: 318-927-3345

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Registrar of Voters
Parish of Claiborne

507 West Main St
Homer, LA 71040-3929
Ph: 318-927-3332
Fax: 318-927-3345
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F
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Subject to the direction of the commissioner of elections and as provided by law, the registrar shall be responsible for parish wide registration of voters and for the administration and enforcement of the laws and the rules and regulations of the commissioner relating to the registration of such voters. In addition, the registrar is responsible for conducting absentee voting, oversea elections and certify voting machines.

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New Voting Machine

New Voting Machines are on display in the Police Jury Complex and at the Clerk of Court. Clerk Patrick Gladney (left) and Registrar of Voters Patricia Sanders will assist voters in learning how the new system operates through the use of training ballots.

New Voting Machines In Claiborne Parish

BY SUSAN T. HERRING, Editor, The Guardian-Journal

No more lever-operated voting machines in Claiborne Parish. Last week, new voting AVC Advantage voting units arrived in Claiborne Parish and will be in place by the next election scheduled for July 15. At that time, all Claiborne Parish voters with the exception of those who live within the municipalities of Homer and Haynesville will be given the first opportunity to use the new machines.

In response to the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), the landmark federal law signed by President George W. Bush on October 29, 2002, the State of Louisiana is installing a new statewide voting system which will unify the entire state under one system for Election Day voting and for Absentee or Early Voting in person, or by mail.

Secretary of State Al Ater and the late Secretary Fox McKeithen worked with election officials statewide for more than four years to modernize the way we vote in Louisiana. Since 1991, the Sequoia Voting Systems has been in use in 12 parishes: Acadia, Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Landry, St. Tammany, and West Baton Rouge.

Last October, Louisiana AVC Advantageannounced the Sequoia Voting Systems, Inc. had been selected to replace all lever-operated AVA Edgevoting machines with new AVC Advantage voting units. This will include AVC Edge Touch Screen Voting Units for early voting which are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The units are easily tilted for persons in wheelchairs. Secretary Ater is in the process of contacting every person in the state who is hearing or visual impaired to instruct them on the use of the machines.

To familiarize all voters on the use of the new voting machine, Claiborne Parish Registrar of Voters Patricia Sanders and Clerk of Court Patrick Gladney will give voters the opportunity to try out the new machines in the next few weeks. One voting machine has been placed in the foyer of the Police Jury Complex and one at the office of the Clerk of Court. A trial demonstration is set up which allows voters to actually go through the voting process on the new machines.

Instead of pulling a lever to select the candidate of your choice, voters will only have to touch the screen. A display will appear at the bottom of the screen to let voters know what selection they have made. Once all desired selections have been made, voters will press the “Cast Vote” button in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Votes are automatically recorded in the computerized machines and printed at the end of the day, which should minimize errors.

There are only two propositions on the July 15, 2006 ballot. One is for the renewal of the 10-year, 1% sales and use tax for the purpose of providing garbage pickup and for materials required for surfacing and maintaining public roads for all Claiborne Parish residents except for those within the city limits of Homer and Haynesville..

Registered voters in Fire Protection District No. 6 will go to the polls to vote on a proposition to renew the 10 year, 11.31 mills property tax for maintaining and operating the District 6 fire protection facilities and equipment, for purchasing and acquiring fire trucks and other fire fighting equipment and for paying the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes, including charges for fire hydrant rentals and services.

Absentee or early voting for the July 15 election will be held Wednesday through Saturday, July 5-8 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

The qualifying period for fall elections will be held August 9-11, 2006: Four year terms, from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2010 will be determined for all Claiborne Parish School Board members; Athens mayor, Athens chief of police, and alderman; Homer mayor, Homer chief of police, and five Homer selectman; and Junction City mayor, chief of police, and alderman. Ten year terms (January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2016) will be decided for Associate Justice for Supreme Court in District 4 and Court of Appeal Judge. Also to be decided is the 2-year term (January 3, 2007 - January 3, 2009) for U. S. Representative.

Sanders is asking all registered voters to notify her if they have changed their residence or name, or if the residence address on file in the Registrar’s office is incomplete. Anyone who has not voted in the last two federal elections or anyone with an incomplete or new address, may have been placed on the inactive list.

For more information or to make a change, contact Sanders at 927-3332 or stop by the Registrar’s office located in the Claiborne Police Jury Office Complex.

Sample Ballot

Registered Voters in Claiborne parish will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines before the next election. The Training Ballot (top) allows voters to walk through the voting process. A display indicates the selection made (middle). Once all desired selections are made, voters will push the “Cast Vote” button (bottom) on the lower right hand corner to cast their ballots. Votes are automatically recorded in the computerized machines. Final results will be printed and submitted to the Clerk’s office.

Voters get new ID cards
The Claiborne Parish Registrar of Voters will be mailing out new ID cards to every voter in Claiborne Parish. Each voter needs look closely at the ID cards, because of changes that were made because of reapportionment.

The BESE Board has been changed to 5, instead of 4 and several police jury districts were changed.

The parish added five new precincts and changed the polling place of Precinct 94 to Homer City Hall, instead of Athens Village Hall.

When you receive your new card, please destroy the old one.

If you have any questions, please call the Registrar of Voter’s Office at 318-927-3332.

Registrar Of Voters Asks Voters To Notify Office Of Address Change
Claiborne Parish Registrar of Voters Patricia Sanders is asking all voters to notify her office if they have changed their residence, if the residence address on file in the Registrar's office is incomplete or if their mailing address has changed. Anyone who has not voted in the last two federal elections or anyone with an incomplete or new address, may have been placed on the inactive list. For more information or to make a change, contact Sanders at 927-3332 or stop by the Registrar's office located in the Claiborne Police Jury Complex.
District Maps for 2012
Police Jury 2012 District Maps are now online. Click Here
Voters Reminded To Bring Photo ID To Polls
Registrar of Voters Patricia Sanders would like to remind voters to bring their picture ID when they come to vote. Polling places will be open from 6 AM - 8 PM. For more information, call 927-3332.
Voter Registration Forms Available At Various Parish Locations
Official Louisiana Mail Voter Registration Applications (register to vote, change your address or request a name change) are available at the following locations:
  • Registrar's Office
  • Public Library
  • Public Service Office
  • Schools
  • Driver's License Office
  • Welfare Office

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Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State / Elections Division website for a wealth of information.

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