Louisiana relies on its dedicated citizens to perform the public service of working the polling places on election day. If you are interested in serving as a commissioner, please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court.
Commissioners-in-charge have worked as commissioners in prior elections and are responsible for presiding over the election and the commissioners in their precincts, counting and tabulating votes and delivering the election results to the Clerk of Court’s Office on election night.
Commissioners are responsible for conducting all election day duties at their assigned precinct, enforcing election laws, maintaining order at the polling place during the election and posting results.
To be a commissioner, you must be a registered voter in the parish where you are going to serve. The exception to this rule is if you are otherwise qualified to serve as a commissioner and you are a 17-year-old enrolled in the 12th grade, graduated, received your GED or you are a 17-year-old who is participating at the 12th grade level in a home study program; however, a 17-year-old will only be authorized to serve as a commissioner.
If a commissioner-in-charge or commissioner is running for office or an immediate family member is running for office for a specific election, he or she may not serve in any precinct where his name or the name of any immediate family member is on the ballot.
You must attend the required course of instruction given by the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court’s Office and pass a test that is given at the end of the school to become a certified commissioner.
At the beginning of each new term for the parish clerk of court, commissioners and commissioners-in-charge must be recertified.
Remember, electioneering within 600 feet of the polling place is not allowed. Private property is exempt.