Voter turnout may reach 70% in Louisiana
MORGAN CITY, La. -- Voters should be prepared to wait in long lines for the Nov. 6 presidential election.
The Louisiana Secretary of State’s office is expecting up up to a 70 percent turnout for Tuesday’s election just as Louisiana saw for early voting, said Meg Casper, press secretary for the Secretary of State.
Voting hours for the election will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Voters must present a driver’s license, Louisiana Special ID or another generally recognized picture ID that contains the person’s name and signature, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
In addition to the presidential election, voters will vote on state and local offices as well as constitutional amendments and a St. Mary Parish proposition.
St. Mary Parish voters will be voting on nine state constitutional amendments.
Amendment No. 1 would prohibit money in the Medicaid Trust Fund from being used for other purposes.
Amendment No. 2 would require any restriction on the right to bear arms to meet the highest standard of review by a court.
Amendment No. 3 would require a legislative filing period deadline of 45 days prior to the start of a regular legislative session to change public employee retirement systems.
Amendment No. 4 would give a $75,000 ad valorem tax exemption, in addition to the homestead exemption, to the spouse of a deceased veteran, for property the spouse owns and occupies, with a service-connected disability rating of 100 percent who died prior to the enactment of the exemption.
Amendment No. 5 would require any public servant convicted of a felony, associated with and committed during public service, to forfeit public retirement benefits.
Amendment No. 6 would authorize the city of New Iberia to grant ad valorem tax exemption contracts for property annexed by the city after Jan. 1, 2013.
Amendment No. 7 would retain the existing number of members and allow implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts by filling vacancies from under-represented districts first and then from the state at large.
Amendment No. 8 would allow the Board of Commerce and Industry to grant ad valorem tax exemption contracts for businesses in parishes that have chosen to participate in a program granting such contracts.
Amendment No. 9 would require three separate notices of proposed laws regarding the creation of a special district to be published at least 30 days prior to the introduction of the bill.
St. Mary Parish voters will also vote for U.S. representative for the 3rd Congressional District; 1st Circuit, 1st District Court of Appeal judge and Louisiana Public Service Commission member for District 2.
A parishwide school district proposition to limit school board members to three consecutive four-year terms is also on the ballot.
Voters in Morgan City will vote for mayor choosing among five candidates, those being Larry Bergeron, Lee Dragna, Frank Grizzaffi, Bart Mancuso and Kevin Voison.
Morgan City voters will vote on four council seats.
Voters should bring any necessities they may need to wait in line, such as water or an umbrella, Casper said.
Voters in line at polling stations by 8 p.m. will be able to cast their votes. Thus, election results will be coming in at different times from each precinct based on how many voters are still waiting to vote at 8 p.m., Casper said.
“It’s going to take a while,” Casper said.
The St. Mary Parish Clerk of Court’s office is responsible for counting and compiling all the votes in the parish. Each voter precinct has a commissioner in charge of sending its precinct’s results on a disk to the clerk of court, said Chief Deputy Jane Pilant.
The parish has two offices, one in Franklin and one in Morgan City, where the results are sent, she said. From there the St. Mary Parish Clerk of Court sends the results to the Secretary of State. Election results are available on the Secretary of State’s website as the results come in on election night, Pilant said.
Louisiana voters can view a sample ballot on the Secretary of State’s website, which can help speed up the voting process, Casper said. They can also use the site’s Geaux Vote App to find election information. Voters can find their poll by entering their name and zip code into the app.