Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters Charlene Meaux says
Lafayette has not been entirely immune from a recent voter drive financed by
the national Democratic Party that has been inundating registrars in Caddo,
East Baton Rouge and Orleans Parish. Those registrar offices have been working
some ten to twelve hour days trying to process thousands of new voter
applications, many of which are rife with errors. Yesterday, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne announced his
office was investigating the situation to see if any election laws have been
violated. Dardenne planned to meet with officials from the D.C.-based
organization Voting Is Power (VIP), which was hired by the national Democratic Party to
conduct the voter drive. VIP set a goal of registering 70,000 new voters in
Louisiana, and paid canvassers to go door to door signing up unregistered
In Lafayette, Meaux says her office has received four
boxes, with a combined 1,236 voter applications, from VIP throughout the last
three weeks of May. Meaux estimates as much as 25 percent of those applications
may be determined invalid. In just one box, Meaux says her office flagged 54
applications from convicted felons. Another prevalent problem has been improperly
filled out applications and duplicate applications. “What they’re doing a lot
is registering people to vote who are already registered,” Meaux says. “A lot
are duplicates. We had one guy who registered six times in the same day. It’s giving
us an abundance of work for nothing because these people are already
registered.” Meaux adds that her office’s fraud unit is looking into some of
the cases of duplicate applications.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.