Saturday’s election ballot includes runoffs, tax renewal

Published 1:56 pm Friday, December 4, 2020

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding everyone that Saturday, Dec. 5, is Election Day.

The ballot for the election includes several races that required run-offs after the November general elections. Not all parish residents will vote in all races.

The run-offs are:

  • U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District — Lance Harris, Republican; Luke J. Letlow, Republican.
  • Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 1 — Allen H. Borne Jr., Democrat; Eric Skrmetta, Republican.
  • Alderman, Town of Franklinton (vote for two) — Frankie Crosby Sr., Democrat; Seth Descant, Republican; Jeamie F. “J” McCullen, Democrat; Heath Spears, Republican.
  • Republican State Central Committee, 12th Senatorial District, Division E — Roy K. Burns Jr., Republican; Darryl D. Peterson, Republican.

Voters will also be asked for their opinion on a statewide constitutional amendment and parish-wide tax renewal proposition. The tax renewal proposition is whether to continue an existing tax to fund the maintenance of parish roads and bridges.

Citizens in Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 7 will also vote on an annual parcel fee.

In preparation for Saturday’s election, Ardoin encourages voters to remember:

  • Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
  • Voters can find their polling location and sample ballot by downloading the GeauxVote Mobile app for smartphones or by visiting www.GeauxVote.com.
  • Voters may also utilize the virtual voter assistant, GeauxBot, to access pertinent election information. GeauxBot is accessible by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov or by selecting Elections and Voting on sos.la.gov.
  • Voters can sign up for text alerts via GeauxVote Mobile.
  • Voters should bring an ID with them to vote (Louisiana driver’s license, Louisiana Special ID card, a generally recognized picture identification card with name and signature such as a passport or a digital license via LA Wallet). Voters without an ID will be required to fill out an affidavit but will be allowed to vote.
  • Election results can be viewed in real-time via GeauxVote Mobile or at www.sos.la.gov.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, polling commissioners will be supplied with personal protective equipment and will regularly sanitize designated areas and voting machines between each voter. Hand sanitizer will be provided to voters and masks are recommended, although not required.

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