Polls open Saturday at 7 a.m.

Published 1:47 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

Washington Parish voters will go to the polls Saturday, as they decide on a variety of state and local races, as well as local millage issues and constitutional amendments.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

Voters should be sure to take one of the following — a driver’s license, a Louisiana Special ID, or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains a name and signature. Voters who do not have one of these items may still cast a vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

Local races include two open positions in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, and all voters will also be able to cast their ballot for state treasurer. In addition, some parish voters will be asked to vote on fire district millage issues.

Running for the District E judge seat are Jay Adair of Mandeville and William H. Burris of Franklinton. Running for the District H judge seat are Reginald Laurent of Slidell and Alan Zaunbrecher of Covington.

Both seats opened recently. Judge William Burris of Division E announced his retirement, and Judge Allison Penzato of Division H left after she was elected to the Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit.

Voters will also be choosing who will replace former state treasurer John N. Kennedy, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. Ron Henson currently serves as interim state treasurer.

There are six candidates for state treasurer on Saturday’s ballot. If none of the candidates earns more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates in November.

The people running for treasurer are Derrick Edwards of the Democratic Party, Joseph Little of the Libertarian Party and four Republican Party candidates — Angele Davis, Terry Hughes, Neil Riser and John Schroder.

There are also three state constitutional amendments on Saturday’s ballot. They include the following:

  • Amendment 1 — Tax exemption for construction projects underway.
  • Amendment 2 — Tax exemption for spouses of deceased first responders.
  • Amendment 3 — Protect funding for transportation construction projects.