Wednesday is last day to register to vote in April 5 election

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote, or to make changes to voting registrations, for the April 5 primary election, which features a number of races and propositions.

On the ballot in the Baton Rouge area are the mayor’s race in Port Allen pitting Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter, who had been recalled from office, against challengers Kirby D. “Mr. A” Anderson Sr., Larry W. Bell and Richard N. Lee III.

Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will decide on a two-part BREC tax renewals. Also, there are municipal elections in Central with races for mayor, police chief and the City Council.

Iberville has fire district tax propositions; Livingston has library and drainage renewals; St. Helena has a law enforcement tax and St. James is seeking renewals of taxes for roads, human resources and the nutrition center.

Early voting is March 22-29, excluding March 23. Runoff elections, if necessary, will be on the May 3 ballot.

“Louisiana’s registration statistics are quite strong with approximately 84 percent of eligible citizens registered,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a news release. “However, you can’t vote if you’re not registered so it’s important for everyone to check their status right now and take care of any updates that need to be made.”

Individuals can register to vote online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at In addition, voter registration opportunities are available at parish Registrar of Voters offices, while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries and by mail. Louisianians can also utilize the secretary of state’s smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to check the status of their registration, review sample ballots and find polling place information.