After months of campaign activity, the October 12 election is almost here. Early voting will begin Saturday.
Headlined by the race for governor as well as numerous local races, the election has been a constant topic of conversation around the parish in recent weeks.
Washington Parish Registrar of Voters Randy Strickland expects a turnout of between 52% and 54% of registered voters in the parish for both early voting and actual voting on Election Day.
Strickland noted that new voter registrations in the parish have been above normal for the past 90 days, indicating interest in the election.
He urged parish residents to vote. “Don’t miss the opportunity to contribute,” he said. If someone thinks they won’t be able to vote on Election Day, Strickland said they certainly need to take advantage of early voting.
Early voting begins this Saturday (September 28), and will continue until October 5, except for Sunday (September 29).
In Franklinton, early voting takes place at the Registrar of Voter’s office in the courthouse on the first floor to your right as you enter. In Bogalusa, early voting will be at Northshore Technical Community College on Sullivan Drive.
At both locations, voters can vote early from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Voters much have either a drivers license orf a state-issued ID card.
In addition to the governor’s race, other statewide offices will be on the ballot, including lieutenant governor and insurance commissioner. Also, voters will elect a state senator and a state representive, a state Supreme Court justice, a member of the state Board of Education, and a District Court judge.
Parish offices on the ballot include Parish President, Sheriff, and in most districts, Parish Councilmen.
November run-offs will be held for any races not settled on October 12.
A complete sample ballot will appear in next week’s edition of The Era-Leader.