Election 2019

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Sherri Zeringue McGovern

McGovern wins assessor’s race

Sherri Zeringue McGovern defeated Blair Briggs to win election as St. Landry Parish Assessor.
McGovern won 60% of the 28,853 votes cast in Saturday’s election, according to complete but unofficial returns.
McGovern will succeed Ryhn Duplechain who has served 33 years as assessor.
McGovern took 41% of the vote in the Oct. 12 primary followed by Briggs with 33% and Garett Duplechain, with 26%.
Duplechain is the son of the retiring assessor.
McGovern is a certified public accountant and has headed the sales tax collector for the Sheriff’s Office. 

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More than 7,500 early votes cast in St. Landry Parish

There were 7,549 votes cast in early voting in St. Landry Parish ahead of Saturday’s election.
There 1,143 early votes cast at poll in the Eunice Municipal Complex.
That compares to 4,092 early votes cast in the November 2015 election — an 84% increase in early voting this year.
Both elections had a governor’s race at the top of the ballot.
There were 489,654 early votes cast in the state. In 2015, there were 270,144 early votes cast in the gubernatorial election.

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Candidates file final pre-election finance reports

Candidates in Saturday’s primary election have filed their final campaign finance reports.
The first of the reports were due Sept. 12 — 30 days before the election. The reports show how much money they raised, and from whom, and how much they have spent.
The reports are available at the Louisiana Board of Ethics website.
A report on candidates’ 30-day report was published Sept. 26.

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45% St. Landry Parish voter turnout predicted for Saturday

Tri-Parish voter turnout ranged from a low of 9.5% in St. Landry Parish to a high of 15% in Evangeline Parish in early voting that ended Saturday.
Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters, predicted 45% of the voters will turnout Saturday.
In Acadia Parish, 10.5 percent of the voters registered from this Saturday’s election voted early.
Topping the primary election ballot is a race for governor that pits incumbent John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, against two Republican challengers, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone.

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Voter signup drives planned at schools

A voter registration drive is to begin Tuesday in St. Landry Parish that will include public high schools and nursing homes.
Cheryl Milburn, registrar of voters, released a schedule that coincides with a the state Voter Registration Week.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said, “The first step to participating in the electoral process is registering to vote.”
Ardoin added, “This fall, Louisianians will choose statewide leaders as well as vote for a host of local and municipal races, constitutional amendments and propositions.”

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