The Clerk of Court is the chief election officer of the parish, the
custodian of the voting machines, and a member of the Board of Election
Supervisors which also consists of the Registrar of Voters, the Parish
Chairpersons of the Democratic and Republican parties as well as one
member appointed by the Governor.
There are 76 precincts in Vernon Parish, which includes the Absentee
Voters as well. The Board of Elections Supervisors select
commissioners-in-charge, commissioners, and alternate commissioners who
are chosen at random during a public meeting of the Board of Election
Supervisors. The list of qualified persons have been certified by the
Clerk of Court.
The Clerk of Court is responsible for sealing of the voting machines
prior to each election. The Clerk also has the responsibility of making
sure these machines are delivered to the respective precincts. On the
day of the election the office is opened at 5:00 a.m. and usually will
remain open until all returns have been received and tabulated. The
mechanics for the voting machines are available the entire day of the
At 8:00 p.m. the precincts are closed and the result
cartridges are delivered to the Clerk's office and are
read electronically. Those results are transmitted to the Office
of the Secretary of State. Print-outs of the results are
available upon request.
After the election the voting machines are then opened and the returns are checked again to verify the returns.