‘Early voting’ underway, 1,082 ballots cast

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Early voting began Tuesday, October 21, for the November 4, election, and the Evangeline Parish Registrar’s Office reported 505 ballots were cast.

On Wednesday, Registrar Lucas Buller reported 577 ballots were cast for a two-day total of 1,082.

Voters and others are reminded that no campaigning can occur within 600 feet of any polling place, which includes the registrar’s office during early voting and on election day. This includes the wearing of t-shirts, hats and pins. If you have a complaint about a violation, please see Buller and be sure to have specific information about what you may have witnessed.

Early voting will be observed Tuesday, October 21, and continue through Tuesday, October 28, except on Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the registrar’s office.

Buller reminds residents there is a lengthy ballot. Please remember to review the proposed amendments, so you can cast your ballot.

PAR (Public Affairs Research) provides a short summary of each amendment. They are as follows:

1. Term limits for members of state boards and commissions:

q A vote for would impose term limits for members of certain state boards and commissions.

q A vote against would continue to allow members of certain state boards and commissions to be elected or appointed for an unlimited number of terms.

2. Time limits for calling special sessions:

q A vote for would require that the call for a special legislative session be issued at least seven calendar days prior to the start of the session.

q A vote against would continue the requirement that the call for a special legislative session be issued at least five days prior to the start of the session.

3. Temporary successors for legislators ordered to active military duty:

q A vote for would allow the Legislature to appoint a temporary successor for any legislator called to active military duty that prevents performance of the duties of office.

q A vote against would continue to require districts to be without representation in the case of their elected legislator being called away to active military duty and refusing to resign.

4. State severance taxes to parishes:

q A vote for would dedicate additional state severance taxes to parishes of origin, restrict the use of a portion of these funds and dedicate a portion of severance taxes collected on state lands to the Atchafalaya Basin Conservation Fund.

q A vote against would maintain the maximum amount of severance tax revenue that has to be paid by the state to parishes at $850,000, adjusted annually for inflation.

5. Transfer of special property tax assessment level:

q A vote for would allow homeowners to transfer any special property tax assessment level to their new homes when their property is sold to or expropriated by the state, federal or local government.

q A vote against would continue to prohibit the transfer of special property tax assessment levels to new properties.

6. Re-sale of certain expropriated property

q A vote for would remove the requirement that public authorities first offer expropriated property back to its prior owner before the property can be sold to a third party if the property was taken to remove a threat to public health or safety and was held for less than 30 years. It also would remove the requirement that such property be sold by public bid and eliminate the opportunity for certain property owners to challenge surplus takings.

q A vote against would maintain the same re-sale requirements for property taken to remove a threat to public health and safety as for property taken for other public purposes.

7. Investment of non-pension benefit trusts:

q A vote for would allow public funds reserved for non-pension, post employment benefits to be invested in stocks.

q A vote against would continue to prohibit public funds reserved for nonpension, post-employment benefits from being invested in stocks.

You can learn more about The “Guide” by visiting http://www.la-par.org/Publications/PDF/ConstAmends2008.pdf.

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