Early voting Nov. 7

Published 9:03 am Friday, October 30, 2015

Early voting for the Saturday, Nov. 21, runoff election is scheduled for Nov. 7-14, excluding Sunday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 11, which is Veteran’s Day.

Polls are open for early voting from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bogalusa’s Northshore Technical Community College-Sullivan Campus and at the Registrar of Voters office in the Washington Parish Courthouse in Franklinton.

Washington Parish Register of Voters Randy Strickland said approximately 48 percent of the 27,100 registered voters in the parish took part in last Saturday’s primary election. The sheriff’s race captured the most attention of parish voters, with 12,937 voters who participated.

“Everything went pretty well during the last election, especially with the size of the election,” Strickland said.

Voters will again be asked to vote on Nov. 21 for candidates running for state and parish offices.

Among the state races concerning Washington Parish residents particularly is the State Sen. District 12 battle between Franklinton Republican Beth Mizell and Bogalusa Democrat and veteran Mickey Murphy. Mizell led the four-person field in the primary as she received 14,344 votes, or 43 percent. Murphy finished with 10,767 votes, or 33 percent.

District 12 represents the whole of Washington Parish and the northern parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.

Another election concerning Washington Parish is the Parish Council District 7 race pitting Franklinton incumbent Aubrey Posey and Mt. Hermon challenger David Anthony. Posey earned 830 votes, or 44 percent, to Anthony’s 816 votes for 43 percent. Philip Magee finished in third with 260 votes and did not make the runoff.

An election for BESE District 6 is also being contested in the runoff. Gonzalez Republican Kathy Edmonston led the field in the primary with approximately 47 percent of the vote. She faces Baton Rouge Republican Jason Engen.

Statewide, the race to succeed Gov. Bobby Jindal comes down to Amite Democrat John Bel Edwards and Metairie Republican David Vitter. Edwards led a nine-person field with 40 percent of the statewide vote, or 444,515 votes. Vitter garnered 256,308 votes, or 23 percent.

The race for lieutenant governor to succeed Jay Dardenne pits Baton Rouge Democrat Melvin “Kip” Holden against Belle Chasse Republican Billy Nungesser. Holden led a four-person field in the primary with 33 percent, or 361,091 votes. Nungesser accumulated 324,849 votes, or 30 percent.

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell faces New Iberia Republican Jeff Landry. Caldwell totaled 376,407 votes (35 percent) in the primary. Landry had 347,605 votes (33 percent).