Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief
Voting and Election Information
In New Orleans there is football, basketball, festival and of course, Election season. While all elections are important, the direction of a changing of the City of New Orleans lies in the balance. So, in our role as The People’s Paper, Data News Weekly, continues to encourage all to get out and vote in early voting that takes place on October 30th through November 6th, and during the primary, that takes place on November 13, 2021.
This election cycle is chockfull of candidates competing to represent the citizens in several local, and statewide races. Among the many races voters will be selecting candidates for the Office of Mayor, City Council, State Representative, and Sheriff. In addition, there are races for City Council District Seats A, B, C, D, E, and at-large Division seats 1 and 2, Assessor, Clerk of Criminal District Court and four Constitutional Amendments.
In these times where some are trying to prevent citizens from voting, to eliminate this from occurring bring a photo identification, or signature on a voter affidavit. Also, masks are required in all polling locations along with COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
Have a Hand in Shaping the Future of New Orleans
In these critical times during COVID-19 and the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, it is important that citizens get out to vote. Additionally, there are other issues that many are concerned about including crime, the economy, affordable housing, education, quality of life and a host of others that affect the lives of the residents of New Orleans.
By voting, the citizens of New Orleans can have a hand in making a difference in the direction and priorities of those who are chosen to represent the people of the city. Making sure that whoever our elected representatives are, that all residents, and zip codes matter.
In the upcoming weeks, Data News Weekly, will dedicate several issues to the upcoming elections and give you news that you can use that will provide education, information, and inspiration with the goal of empowering our citizens when going to the polls.
Moreover, we believe in these are crucial times; civic engagement is important as ever. The future of our city is at stake, and we need all hands-on deck, and everyone’s voices need to be heard. Voting is a way to be part of this process, so please begin to study the issues, attend candidate forums if you can, and speak to your neighbors either in person, by phone or on social media about getting out to vote this election season.
Lastly, we at Data News Weekly, are committed to continuing our 55-year commitment in our role as “The People’s Paper” to be your voice, and we encourage all to get out and vote. Help shape the vision and direction of the great City of New Orleans.
The following is important information for the Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, Open Primary/Orleans Municipal Parochial Primary/State Representative, District 102 Special Primary Election:
• The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Oct. 13.
• The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 23.
• Early voting is Oct. 30 through Nov. 6 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 31) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
• The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 9 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee ballot online through our Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
• The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 12 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).
Early Voting Sites:
1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W24
New Orleans, LA 70112
225 Morgan Street, Room 105
New Orleans, LA 70114
Chef Menteur Voting Machine Warehouse Site
8870 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, LA 70126
Lake Vista Community Center
6500 Spanish Fort Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
LSU Health Science Center (Lions Eye Building)
1st Floor, Lions Eye Rm
2020 Gravier St.
New Orleans, LA 70112