Aug 27, 2013 7:20 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Voter Registration Affects Lafayette's Political Landscape

Acadiana voters will head to the polls in mid-October, but ahead of that, there is a push to get as many voters registered as possible.

In Lafayette Parish it's "Voter education week," where there are currently about 145,000 registered voters. Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters, Charlene Meaux-Menard is trying to use Voter Education Week to increase registered voters in the Parish.

"This is trying to encourage citizens who are not registered to get registered to vote, try to understand our election process, and participate," Charlene Meaux-Menard said.

More voters registering, means changes within political parties. Over the past decade, Clerk of Court Louis Perret says that Democrats have decreased by about five thousand voters and Republicans have increased by about 15 thousand.

"I think what it indicates is your starting to see Lafayette really move more and more conservative. You're seeing that Republican registration significantly go up. And I think it's moving across the South the same way," Perret said.

However, he says the largest growing segment of the voter registration in Lafayette is "No Party" or "Independent," which is up by 16 thousand voters.

"So you're seeing that trend of even African-Americans are voting Independent or "Non-Party." Women, Hispanic, Asians, they're all frustrated with both parties, Democrats and Republican," Perret said.



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