Elections Department is responsible, in conjunction with the Lafayette Parish Board of
Election Supervisors, for the overseeing of every facet of public elections anywhere in
the Parish of Lafayette. The Elections Department qualifies candidates for office in any
local election while the
Secretary of State in Baton Rouge qualifies candidates on a
department is responsible for conducting all Commissioner Training Schools
for Commissioners and Commissioners-in-Charge, sending all notices to the
election Commissioners, Commissioners-in-Charge, voting machine key custodians and
building custodians where the precincts are located. These notices inform everybody
associated with an election of the election date, hours, voting machine delivery and
pickup and other vital information concerning the election. The department also deals with
any problems that may arise on election day.
polls close and during the next few days after an election, the department is busy
tabulating totals, checking voting machines counters against the election night print-outs
and preparing payroll for the election.
Parish Board of Election Supervisors, which the Clerk of Court chairs, meets before,
during and after an election. Before an election, the Board selects, at random, qualified
Commissioners to staff each precinct. During an election, the Board convenes to count
absentee ballots and after an election, the Board meets once again to officially certify
the election results before they are sent to the Secretary of State's Office. The Board
also meets once each year to select Commissioners-in-Charge for each precinct in the
Parish. The Commissioners-in-Charge serve for the entire year.