Election 2020

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Fire Chief Greg Savoy (left) congratulates Mike Putnam for receiving recognition for 25 years with the firefighters in 2018. From 2015 to 2018, Putnam served as a part time salaried employee of the department. Savoy is now in his 30th year of service, including four years as volunteer chief and 10 years this year (2020) as the full time salaried chief. (The Basile Weekly archives)

Acadia-Evangeline Fire District tax renewal on Saturday’s ballot

The Board of Commissioners of the Acadia-Evangeline Fire Protection District is calling for a tax renewal that dates back 50 years from when the fire protection district was created.
The special election renewal will be held Saturday with all voters residing in the 80- square-mile district eligible to cast ballots.

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Crucial parish tax renewal on Saturday’s ballot

St. Landry Parish Government leaders are stressing that renewing a 1-mill, 10-year jail maintenance tax is crucial at Saturday’s election.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The proposition on the ballot states the tax is expected to raise $671,000 a year and is dedicated to operating and maintaining the parish jail that holds up to 232 prisoners.
“We need to make people realize how important this tax is for the jail,” said Coby Clavier, of Eunice, who serves as the St. Landry Parish Council chairman.
“It is not a new tax. It is a renewal,” he said.

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Early voting count low for Dec. 5 election

Voters have Saturday to vote early for the Dec. 5 election.
Early voting began Nov. 20 and the total votes in St. Landry Parish at the end of voting Tuesday stood at 366.
There were 44 votes cast in the early voting poll at Eunice City Hall at the end of voting Tuesday.
The other polling place is at the parish registrar of voters’ office, 118 S. Court St., suite 114, Opelousas.
There were 179 votes cast at the registrar’s office through Tuesday.
The other votes cast were primarily absentee.

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Thoughts post election day!

Winston Churchill once said the democracies and the election process are messy, sometimes chaotic, and inefficient. But, he also pointed out, that no one has devised a system that is any better.
The recent presidential election was a nail biter with a small percentage of voters being the deciding factor in four key states. With numerous lawsuits having been filed, it may be weeks before the final counts are completed.

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