Strong Early Voting Indicates Plenty Of Interest in Nov. 16 Election

Turnout for the first day of early voting in Washington Parish was described as “well above average” by parish Registrar of Voters Randy Strickland. Early voting for the November 16 run-off election will continue this week through Saturday. Early voters can cast ballots at the courthouse in Franklinton or at Northshore Technical College on Sullivan Drive in Bogalusa. Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The run-off election leads with the race for governor. Incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards is challenged by Republican Eddie Rispone. Also on the ballot are run-offs for state Secretary of State, Supreme Court Justice, District Court Judge, and member of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Voters in the Bogalusa area will also see an additional run-off election on their ballots. Republican Joe Culpepper and Democrat Melvin Keith are vying for the District 1 seat on the Washington Parish Council, after incumbent Perry Talley was eliminated in the October 12 primary election. Washington Parish was not unique --- statewide, early voting on the first day (Saturday) was also described as above average. Most of the interest appears to be directed toward the election for governor. Polls have shown the race between Edwards and Risponse to be very tight. Strickland, the Registrar of Voters, reminds everyone to bring an acceptable form of photo identification with them to either early voting this week or regular voting on November 16.