Election

Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters

Early voting points to November turnout reaching 60%

Early voting numbers are leading Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters, to predict the turnout for the Nov. 6 election may be as high as 60 percent.
As of Friday afternoon, there had been 316 votes cast in Eunice and 2,047 placed in Opelousas.
Early voting continued Saturday and Monday through Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“We’ve been real busy since Tuesday,” Milburn said. The only day that wasn’t busy was Thursday and that is attributed to rain that day.
“Compared to other elections this is super,” she said.

Amendments await voters on Nov. ballot

Voters statewide will be asked to decide yes or no on six proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on Nov. 6.
These amendments address a number of serious issues. In particular, Amendment No. 2 would require unanimous verdicts in all felony cases.
Unlike so many incidental proposals for changes to the Constitution over the years, Amendment No. 2 addresses an issue of historic proportions in that the current non-unanimous jury law is rooted in the 19th century cultural settings and sets the state apart from the rest of the nation.

Voter registration deadlines near

The last day to register to vote in person/by mail for the Nov. 6 will be at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 9, Cheryl Milburn, registrar of voters of St. Landry Parish, has announced.
Registration online at Geaux Vote.Com is available through Oct. 16.
Persons interested in participating in the upcoming election must register to vote and make any changes to their records by the deadlines.
Registration applications may be completed at the registrar’s office in suite 114 of the of the St. Landry Parish Courthouse at 118 S. Court St., Opelousas.

Early voting begins Saturday for Fire District 4 election in northern Acadia Parish

One election is on the April 28 ballot in Acadia Parish and it involves only three precincts and part of a fourth.
But officials in the parish Registrar of Voters offices will be handling early voters in that election beginning Saturday, according to Billie J. Meyer, registrar.
Fire Protection District No. 4 is asking voters along the northern areas of the parish to renew an 8.07 mill property tax for a period of 10 years.

Voting Friday morning Trovette Martin, left, of Opelousas, cast a ballot in the March 24 election at the Eunice Municipal Complex. Assisting Martin is Lauren Jones, chief deputy registrar. Martin also is an employee of the registrar of voters office. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Early voting numbers surprise registrar

St. Landry Parish Registrar of Voters Cheryl Milburn said Friday morning that she was surprised by the early voting turnout.
“We are getting ... almost 150 a day and that’s great for a tax election,” she said. “I did not think it would be that great.”
By the close of voting Thursday, 1,198 people have voted in the March 24 election.
Included in the court are 81 votes cast at the Eunice Municipal Complex.
Voting was quiet Friday morning at the Eunice poll, but Milburn said she was pleased with the turnout.
Early voting ended at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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