Early voting begins today for state, parish elections
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - As evident by the Rice Festival’s grand parade on Saturday, the political season is entering its final stretch.
The final election of the year, the General/Congressional election, will occur on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
And, as of 8:30 a.m. today, early voting is open for this election. It will be open for one week, through October 26, throughout the state.
Voters do not need a reason to participate in early voting. Early voting is designed to be just like voting on election day. Thus, voter will need to be able to identify themselves either with a photo ID (i.e. a driver’s license, a Louisiana Special ID or another generally recognized picture ID that has the voters name and signature).
Hours to vote are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through October 26, except Sunday.
In Acadia Parish early voting will once again be held at the Registrar of Voters office, located in the Court Circle next to the Court House at 568 NW Court Circle in Crowley.
On the November 2 ballot, locally, there will be a runoff for the District 2 seat in the Acadia Parish School Board between “Doug” Lacombe and Charlene Melancon. Ward 2, Precinct 5; Ward 4, Precincts 3 and 4; and Ward 6, Precincts 2, 3B, 12, 13 and 16 will participate in that race.
In other local votes, Crowley has three propositions will be voted on. Ward 6, Precincts 1 through 16 will participate in the vote. In Ward 4, there will be a proposition on the ballot. Participating in this vote will be Ward 2, Precincts 4 and 5 and Ward 4, Precincts 3, 4 and 6. And, in Egan, there will be an extra measure on the ballot, which will be voted on by Ward 4, Precincts 3 through 6.
On all the ballots, of course, will be the Lieutenant Governor’s runoff, the U.S. Senator’s election and 10 constitutional amendments.
The Lt. Governor’s runoff featrues “Jay’ Dardenne and Caroline Fayard after both made it through last month’s first election.
The U.S. Senator’s race will feature 12 choices, incumbent David Vitter, who made it through the Republican primary in September, “Charlie” Melancon, who made it through the Democratic primary, and 10 candidates that did not have to go through the primary system two months ago.
Finally, there will be 10 state constitutional amendments on the statewide portion of the ballot.
To find out more about early voting or what will appear on a specific area’s ballot, contact the Registrar of Voters by phone, 337-788-8841, or visit the Secretary of State’s elections page online at http://sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/68/Default.aspx.