Clerk’s Responsibilities

The Clerk of Court is the chief election officer of the parish, a member of the Board of Election Supervisors, and also a the custodian of voting machines. The Board of Election Supervisors consists of the Registrar of Voters, the Clerk of Court, the Parish Chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties, and one member appointed by the Governor.

There are 18 precincts in Red River Parish, and The Absentee votes count as an additional precinct. The Board of Election Supervisors selects commissioners-in-charge, commissioners, and alternate commissioners at random from a list of persons who have been certified by the Clerk. This is done at a public meeting of the Board of Election Supervisors.

Prior to an election, the Clerk is responsible for sealing the voting machines and assuring that they are delivered to the proper precinct.

On election day, the Clerk’s office is open from 5:30 a.m. until all returns have been tabulated. In-house voting machine mechanics and personnel are available to assist voters and commissioners throughout the day.

After precincts have closed, tabulation sheets are brought to the Clerk’s office by commissioners-in-charge and entered into the Clerk’s and Secretary of State’s computers for final results.

Post election activities include opening and rechecking seals on voting machines, verifying voting machine totals with those turned in by commissioners-in-charge, returning machines to warehouse, and forwarding election results to the Board of Election Supervisors.

Phone: (318) 932-6741
Fax: (318) 932-3126

Would you like to serve as an Election Commissioner?

  • You must be a registered voter in Red River Parish
  • You must not have been convicted of an election offense
  • You must be able to vote without assistance

Commissioners must arrive at the polls by 5:30 AM for Tuesday elections and 6:30 AM for Saturday elections, and remain there until the polls close at 8:00 PM and all election duties have been completed.

To serve as a commissioner you must attend a training session and successfully complete an open book test.  You would then be certified to work at the polls during the current term of the Clerk of Court.

Contact denise@redrivercler.com or call 318-932-6741 for additional information.

Commissioner selection is performed by the Parish Board of Election Supervisors and made by random drawing.  Certified commissioners are not guaranteed to work each election or guaranteed to work in their voting precinct.

Election Commissioner Training

Updated February 2021

Online Certification for Election Commissioners

Rather than attending a course in person, you may complete your training and test online. You must watch the training video below before taking the test. You may use the Election Day Pamphlet for reference. Commissioner-in-Charge testing is held annually in December and January. You must have worked 2 elections in the past 4 years to qualify to serve as a Commissioner in Charge and re-certify annually.