The final stages of the U.S. Presidential race are here. The nominating conventions are over, and each party has named their nominee for President. The Democrats nominated Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and the Republicans nominated Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Now that all the pomp and circumstance of the conventions are over, each Presidential Nominee and their Vice President running mates will campaign across the country, laying-out their plans to voters.

The next step is the debates, where the nominees will further explain their views. Once that process is complete, the only thing left is for America to go to the polls and vote for who they think should be the next President of the United States. Will it be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? The choice is yours to make. Just please don't stay home on election day, Tuesday November 8, 2016. Get out and vote.

YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

Electing a new President isn't the only thing at stake this election. America will also be voting on who will control the Senate, which is currently run by Republicans. This is a HUGE deal, because the Senate can help or stop a President from achieving his or her agenda, and ultimately effect their legacy. This has been a major problem for President Barack Obama. FYI, there are a total of 469 seats in the U.S. Congress. On November 8, 2016, 34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats will be up for election (Democrats need to gain five seats to regain control.) YOU have the power to keep the Senate the way it is, or make some serious changes with your vote.

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The 2016 Presidential General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. If you want to vote in this election and ARE NOT yet registered to vote, the deadline to do so is October 10, 2016. Below is a list of other important dates and deadlines. Find out everything you need to vote in your state here.

Upcoming Election Dates and Deadlines

* Absentee Voter Registration deadline - October 10, 2016 - for citizens who will be overseas, in the military or attending college on election day. If you want to see if you qualify for Absentee Voting, call (337) 721- 4000. If you have already requested an absentee ballot but haven't received it yet, you can still vote by using the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

* Deadline to Request a Mail-In Ballot from Registrar of Voters - November 4, 2016

* Deadline for Registrar of Voters to Receive Voted Mail-In Ballot - November 11, 2016

* Early Voting -  Starts October 25, 2016 and ends November 1, 2016

Get all election details on your phone and download GeauxVote Mobile to see what's on the ballot, where to vote, and to get instant election results, or just click, here. Below is a list of Registrar of Voters locations in the area:

REGISTRAR OF VOTERS OFFICE - Lake Charles
Parish Courthouse, 1000 Ryan Street - 2nd floor Room 7
Voting hours are 8:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Phone : (337) 721-4000

WEST CALCASIEU BUSINESS CENTER - Sulphur
500 A North Huntington St., Bldg. B,
Voting hours are 8:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

MOSS BLUFF BRANCH LIBRARY - Moss Bluff
261 Parish Rd.