LIVINGSTON — Voters head to the polls in Livingston Parish on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for an election that includes a sheriff’s office tax and an amendment for term limits, along with items on the local, state and federal levels.
Polls will open from 6 a.m.to 7 p.m. at precincts throughout Livingston Parish and statewide.
The election will also include mayoral races in Albany, Denham Springs and Killian. The race in Albany will also include the election for Chief of Police, as well as seats on the Board of Aldermen.
Voters statewide will choose from a crowded ballot to fill the remainder of the term for Secretary of State, following previous officeholder Tom Schedler’s resignation earlier this year after a sexual harassment scandal.
Voters in Livingston Parish and other parts of south Louisiana will also decide the next two-year term for the 6th Congressional District seat, currently held by two-term incumbent Garret Graves.
Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Jared Andrews expects a turnout between 30 and 40 percent for the election, which comes on the heels of a record showing for the early voting period which ended Oct. 30.
“I’m basing the numbers based on what I’ve seen here in the early voting, but that’s hard to guesstimate,” Andrews said. “Some people voted early just because it’s convenient, but I didn’t expect as a good a turnout as we had.”
A total of 6,283 parish residents participated in the early voting. By comparison, 5,300 voted in a 2014 midterm -- a tally which included both the in-person and mail-in ballots, he said.
Andrews had also received approximately 1,000 mail-in ballots as of the end of the early voting session at 6 p.m. Oct. 30.
“The total on mail-in ballots is a number that will change every day up until the day of the election,” Andrews said.
Andrews believes the ballot and recent national events triggered the upswing in voter participation.
“It’s a mixture of everything in general -- the federal issues, the sheriff’s tax is another issue and even the constitutional amendments,” he said.
More than 307,000 residents statewide -- 10 percent of the state’s nearly 3 million registered voters -- took advantage of the early voting session, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin expects a turnout between 30 and 35 percent statewide on Election Day.
John Dupont is a reporter for the Livingston Parish News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow him on Twitter @dupont_john