How to become an election commissioner in Lafayette

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Voters mull over sample ballots on Election Day outside of Acadian Elementary Photo by Travis Gauthier

Want to become an election commissioner in Lafayette? Here’s how it works:

The Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court offers an election commissioner training course each year. If you missed it, there’s still time to complete an online training course to be eligible to participate in this November’s elections. Send your credentials to the Clerk of Court’s office to be added to the commissioner pool.

Before each election, the Clerk of Court randomly selects a list of trained commissioners to work each precinct. This year, the draw will take place on Oct. 12. 

Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret says if your name is not chosen, you can still call his office and volunteer to fill in any gaps that might come up before Election Day. 

The Lafayette Clerk of Court holds an additional “pre-election school” for hired commissioners before every election, to explain items on the ballot and review protocol. Training sessions are currently scheduled for Oct. 26, Oct. 27, Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, 2022.

Anyone living outside of Lafayette Parish can contact their Clerk of Court’s office for information on training in their area. Perret says the smaller towns in Acadiana, especially in Calcasieu Parish, are in need of election commissioners.

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Questions? Call the Lafayette Parish Election Department @ 337 291 6368