Few voting early for Nov. 19 election
Through Monday, early voting for the Nov. 19 election in St. Mary Parish has been light.
Just 106 people have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote early at either of the registrar of voters offices, on the third floor of the courthouse in Franklin or at 301 Third St. in Morgan City.
Registrar Jolene Holcombe reports that 11 mailed absentee ballots were received before the early voting period opened on Saturday, five in Franklin and six in Morgan City.
Saturday, 42 voters cast ballots, only one of them in Franklin. Monday, 53 voters polled their choices, 20 in Franklin and 33 in Morgan City, bringing the total to 106 for two days of voting and absentee ballots.
Morgan City residents are voting on 0.3 percent sales tax to fund street repairs across the city. Parishwide, voters are considering a constitutional amendment forbidding new taxes on real estate transactions.
Voters in St. Martin and Assumption parishes may also vote absentee. In addition to the constitutional amendment, St. Martin voters will decide whether the parish may increase the homestead exemption for disabled veterans; while Assumption voters, depending on their residency, may see races for Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, District 2 state senator, Ward 4 police juror and Ward 1 constable.
Early voting hours in all three parishes are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding Veteran’s Day on Friday. All St. Mary voters may vote at either registrar’s office. Lower St. Martin voters may vote at the Water District 1 building in Stephensville, and all early Assumption voters may vote at the courthouse in Napoleonville, 4809 La. 1.