Early voting

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Early voting for the Dec. 5 election began at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Eunice City Hall. Clerk Cynthia Martin is in the background framed by two voting machines. Only one vote had been cast by noon. Voting continued Saturday and resumed Monday through Wednesday. The early voting takes a break for Thanksgiving and Friday and ends on Saturday. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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The St. Landry Parish Council met Wednesday in the Delta Grand Theater in Opelousas. The building allows the Council to establish social distancing. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Jail tax renewal urged

Renewal of a tax to maintain and operate the St. Landry Parish Jail is a critical issue for parish government, according to Parish President Jessie Bellard.
If the tax isn’t passed, the parish’s fund for roads, bridges and drainage will be emptied of nearly $700,000 to pay for jail maintenance and operations.
The election is Dec. 5.
Early voting continues Monday through Saturday. Voting will not be held on Thanksgiving or Friday.

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Early voting for the Nov. 3 election started Friday at the Eunice Municipal Complex lobby. The voting continues through Oct. 27 except for Sundays. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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In Opelousas, voters wait for the courthouse to open to vote.

Early voting begins with strong turnout

Lines formed for early voting in Eunice and Opelousas on Friday.
The Eunice poll at City Hall had a steady line of voters through the morning.
In Opelousas, a line formed at the courthouse door before the poll opened at 8 a.m.
Voter interest in the Nov. 3 election has been strong, according to Cheryl Milburn, registrar of voters. She said more than 3,000 absentee ballots have been requested. That compares to about 2,000 four years ago for the last presidential election.

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Early voting begins Saturday

Early voting for the July 11 election begins Saturday in Eunice and Opelousas.
Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters, also said Saturday is the last day to register to vote online for the election at geauxvote.com.
The Presidential Preference Primary is on the ballot. Only Democrats and Republicans can cast a vote for the Presidential Preference Primary.
Grand Coteau voters will decide on a millage proposition.
Early voting continues through July 4.
Hours for voting are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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De’Vidre Doyle, left, and Jerome DesHotels sign in to vote at an early voting poll in the Eunice Municipal Complex. Doyle was voting for the first time and DesHotels was voting for the first time in St. Landry Parish after moving here from Mamou. Commissioner Alexis Gallien, seated, assists Doyle while Cynthia Martin, behind Gallien, helps DesHotels. Standing is Registrar worker Travetta Martin. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Early voting

This is the first significant election where early voting is occurring in Eunice and the results are encouraging, according to Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters.
“I know since I’ve been registrar we never had that many people in one day,” she said.
There were 777 early votes cast on Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 6 election. There were 100 votes cast at the poll in the Eunice Municipal Complex on Tuesday.
“I got two phone calls from residents who thanked me for getting that office set up in Eunice,” she said.

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