Early voting for the Nov.  No. 18


LIVINGSTON – Early voting turnout for the Nov. 18 runoff election totaled roughly the same figure as the Oct. 14 primary race, which leads Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Jared Andrews to believe the races Saturday could yield the same anemic showing as the primary.

A total of 960 voters participated in the early voting session. The number does not include mail-in ballots, which the Registrar of Voters Office can accept up to day of the election.

The final day drew 160 votes, Andrews said.

The races on Saturday include a statewide runoff for treasurer and an election in Denham Springs to fill an unexpired term on the City Council.

Voters in Gravity Drainage Districts 6 and 7 will decide on tax proposals to fund operations, while residents in Livingston Parish Fire Protection Districts 8 and 9 will mull over renewal of their respective ad valorem taxes.

“We may see a little bit more of a turnout because of the gravity drainage districts,” Andrews said. “I wish I could say the total would be seventy or eighty percent, but that’s not how it works.”

The race for State Treasurer pits primary front-runner Derrrick Edwards, D-Harvey, against former state Rep. John Schroder, R-Baton Rouge. The winner will fill the unexpired term of John N. Kennedy, who resigned when he won the seat in the U.S. Senate previously held by David Vitter.

In the gravity drainage district elections, the plan for District 6 would ask voters to approve two propositions – a 5-mill property tax and a half-cent sales tax. The area covers the portion of Walker north of Interstate 12, eastward to the Tangipahoa Parish line.

The resolution District 7 calls for an eight-mill ad valorem tax for the area from Walker South, into the Port Vincent, French Settlement, Killian, Maurepas and Springfield – an area which spans 238,000 acres and 360 square miles. The district – which covers 53 percent of the parish – has operated as a non-funded entity since its inception just over a year ago.

Voters in Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 8 – which covers French Settlement – will decide on renewal of a 16.63-mill ad valorem tax for the next 10 years to fund the department, which includes equipment and maintenance.

In the Maurepas area, the electorate will vote on the 10-year renewal of a 10.38-mill property tax to fund Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 9.

In Denham Springs, a runoff for a vacant city council seat goes before voters to fill the unexpired term of former councilman Chris Davis, who vacated his seat when he accepted job in Mississippi.

Democrat Ray Riley, who led voting in the primary, will run against Republican Laura Schmidt Smith for the seat which the winner will hold for approximately two years.

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