Primary election Saturday
ACADIA PARISH – Saturday, it will be the state of Louisiana’s turn to vote in the 2012 Presidential Primary.
“This is a chance to see where Louisiana stands,” said Registrar of Voters Billie Meyer, “to see where our electoral votes should go.”
Voters will go vote at their specific precinct’s location Saturday. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Louisiana’s system is classified as a “presidential preference primary,” in which those registered as Democrats will vote for a Democratic candidate only, while Republicans will vote for a Republican candidate.
President Barack Obama has three challengers in Louisiana on the Democrat side, “Bob” Ely, Darcy G. Richardson and John Wolfe.
In Acadia Parish, there are 21,354 registered Democrats. They can vote between these candidates.
But that isn’t the big race. It is the Republican ballot that receives the attention.
Registered Republicans will have the choice between Michelle Bachmann, Randy Crow, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Charles “Buddy” Roemer, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Many on the ballot have already withdrawn from the race, but did so after the state’s ballot was finalized.
There are 9,027 registered Republicans in Acadia Parish.
The Presidential Preference Primary Election does not allow for cross-party voting, meaning those that are not registered Republican or Democrat cannot vote and Republicans can only vote for a Republican candidate, while Democrats can only vote for a Democratic candidate.
“If anyone is unsure what their party registration is or their precinct is, they can call our office at 788-8841 before they go vote,” said Meyer.
She also reminds the voters that they can also visit the secretary of state’s website, www.geauxvote.com, for a sample ballot and to check their registration information as well.
Turnout isn’t expected to be high as evidenced in early voting and absentee voting’s numbers. The parish has 38,606 total registered voters. As of Thursday morning, 256 absentee and early voting ballots had been turned in, or less than 1 percent. Some absentee and military ballots are still coming in.
“We still have ballots coming in each day via the mail,” said Meyer. “And while turnout is expected to be low, we do hope everyone comes out and votes Saturday.”