Ask The Advocate: Shining a light on voter registration and vehicle headlamp laws _lowres

Advocate file photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Casting a vote in Baton Rouge on Nov. 21, 2015.

QUESTION: Before the Oct. 24 primary, I saved all the flyers and ads from the candidates to review before voting. Surprisingly I had many flyers from people running for representative in District 69. But I have a Voter Identification Card from the Clerk of Court that says I am in District 066, issued 8/10/2010. I called the Registrar of Voters office to ask about it, telling the employee I voted at Broadmoor Elementary School. She told me I was in District 066. But on voting day, when I got to the polls, my choices were the candidates in District 69. I spoke to friends in the neighborhood who had the same experience. Was our district changed after the cards were distributed?

ANSWER: Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn says those who vote at Broadmoor Elementary School are in Ward 1 Precinct 52.

“This precinct was assigned to House District 69 in 2011 during the legislative redistricting process that resulted from the 2010 census. Prior to the 2011 redistricting, Ward 1 Precinct 52 was assigned to House District 66.

“Voters in this precinct (and others who had district changes from redistricting) were sent new voter registration cards in 2011 reflecting the updated districts.

“Without knowing the specifics of the voter or the conversation, I’m not sure how one of our staff members could have told the voter they are in District 66. If the voter asked something like ‘Is this card still valid?’, he or she would probably have been told they could still use the card for voting if their personal information was still correct.

“Please let me know if you need any additional information.”

Headlight inspections?

QUESTION: Are there any plans to reinstitute the check of proper headlight alignment and luminosity in the vehicle inspection process? It seems like more and more vehicles have incorrectly aimed headlights and fog lights that are as bright or brighter than their headlight.

ANSWER: Sgt. Nick Manale, a spokesman for Louisiana State Police, says: “Newer vehicles’ head lights are affixed in such a way that does not allow an inspector to adjust them. With that being said, in the last Title 55 update, the light adjustment portion was taken out of the rule.

“Motorists may misconceive the headlamps to be incorrectly adjusted due to the use of newer high-intensity bulbs or vehicles improperly utilizing their high beams.

“State law requires headlamps to be white in color only, including newer HID lamps that may appear to be brighter.

For information on the law,

Manale suggests checking out two sites on the state law: one on headlamps and the other on the use of fog lamps.

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