Early voting starts this Saturday

Published 3:52 am Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is encouraging all eligible citizens to consider voting early in the gubernatorial general election.

Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 2, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, Nov. 3.

Early voting locations in Washington Parish are at Northshore Technical Community College’s Sullivan campus in Bogalusa, and the Washington Parish Courthouse in Franklinton.

There are 175 candidate races and 123 propositions on ballots across the state.

In Washington Parish, all voters will be able to vote in runoff elections for the following races:

  • Governor — John Bel Edwards (Democrat) and “Eddie” Rispone (Republican).
  • Secretary of State — Kyle Ardoin (R) and “Gwen” Collins-Greenup (D).
  • Associate Justice, Supreme Court, 1st Supreme Court District — “Will” Crain (R) and Hans Liljeberg (R).
  • State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, District 6 — “Ronnie” Morris (R) and Gregory Spiers (R).
  • District Judge, 22nd Judicial District Court, Division F — Harold Bartholomew Jr. (R) and Vincent J. “Vinny” Lobello (R)

Voters in Washington Parish District 1 will also be able to participate in a runoff election for their parish council member. That race is between “Joe” Culpepper (R) and Melvin Keith (D).

Those who choose to take advantage of early voting will cast their ballots on new touchscreen voting machines. The new leased machines are similar to the previous machines, but increase the security of the vote and the integrity of the state’s election process.

Voters should utilize Louisiana’s award-winning, free 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 online at voterportal.sos.la.gov.

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 gubernatorial general election is Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Elections Division by calling 1-800-883-2805 or emailing elections@sos.la.gov.