Early voting ends today

Published 4:46 am Saturday, December 1, 2018

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding all eligible voters to take advantage of early voting. The last day of early voting will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Many Louisianans have already cast their ballot during early voting ahead of Election Day,” Ardoin said. “While mid-term congressional elections are decided, I still encourage all Louisianans to exercise their right to vote.”

There are 134 candidate runoffs in 47 parishes across the state. Of the remaining 17 parishes, eight only have secretary of state on the ballot and nine have secretary of state and a proposition on the ballot.

Voters should utilize Louisiana’s award-winning smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to early vote as well as what’s on their ballot. Voters can also access this information in our Voter Portal by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov.

Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at the parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.

In addition to a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana Special ID or a generally recognized ID with picture and signature, voters may now use a digital license via LA Wallet, the new smartphone app by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Poll commissioners have received training regarding the digital license as an acceptable form of picture ID.

Election Day for the open general/special primary is Saturday, Dec. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All Washington Parish voters will be eligible to vote in the special election for Louisiana Secretary of State. The candidates are Kyle Ardoin, the interim incumbent and a Republican, and Gwen Collins-Greenup, a Democrat.

All Bogalusa voters can participate in the runoff election for mayor, between incumbent Wendy Perrette and challenger Doug Ritchie. In addition, voters in District C will decide whether their next council member will be Oneita Graham or Shelby Temples.

Bogalusa voters will also have the chance to vote on three tax propositions, which state the following options:

  • Authorize the levy of a new 3-mill property tax in the city for the purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to the City of Bogalusa Employees Retirement System (COBERS).
  • Rededicate 12.5 percent of the city’s 1-percent sales tax approved at an election held on March 15, 1955, for the purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to COBERS.
  • Rededicate half of the city’s 1/4-percent sales tax approved at an election held on Nov. 17, 2007, for the purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to COBERS.

Voters in Washington Parish District 5 will choose between Thomas R. “Rusty” Fornea and Randy Thomas as their new council member.

Finally, voters in the town of Franklinton will vote on five separate resolutions concerning alcohol sales within the town limits.