Lafayette,LA - Election time is right around the corner for us. Many in the community forget that voting locally is crucial because a candidate's views can affect the community around them.
"One vote makes a huge difference," says Charlene Meaux Menard from Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters.
That includes local elections… which traditionally don't draw as many voters as statewide or federal elections. Menard says that the local government manages many different things, and their decisions affect you. "You going to the polls and vote and voicing your opinions says a lot. to vote local make a big decision what's going to affect you and your children, your grandchildren future."
Menard told NEWS15 whether you practice going to the voting booth or sitting at home searching up candidates, it's best to be informed on their views for the community. "You can go to the Secretary of State's website here for Louisiana. they do have a little bit of stuff on the candidates or if you or interested in the local officials, you could probably call them and sit down and have a meeting."
Troy Wayman, CEO of One Acadiana,says that knowing what each amendment means on the ballot is just as important. "They need to know exactly what a vote yes and no means. Those things are really confusing, especially some of the language that is used its usual a lot more detailed than what people want to get into while they are in the voting booth."
"People who focus on the community, don't mudsling, and are honest."
Citizens of Lafayette say that when they go to the polls for local elections, the candidate that they choose must be willing to help the community.
"Listen to your people mostly is what you got to do. you got to listen to what people want."
"If you tell me hey. I don't know if I can get to everything but i am going to do my damest to get to everything as much as I can. That's the level of trust you build with you community."
One Acadiana will be having a ballots over breakfast event Wednesday, September 29 to help attendees make an informed decision on the amendments that will be on the ballot come election time. If you are not able to make the event, we will have the website that you can go to about what each amendment means you can visit their website at https://www.oneacadiana.org/
Also it's good to remember that for you to be a registered voter and your current address and name must be current to vote. For Lafayette residents, the deadline for the parish on November 13 is the election, but October 13 is the close of booths.