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Early voting begins Saturday for December election

By Dominic Massa


November 25, 2016

Early voting begins Saturday for the Dec. 10 runoff elections across Louisiana, including the U.S. Senate runoff and several other metro area runoffs.

Turnout is expected to be light for the December election, but as early voting continues to grow in popularity, it will no doubt be a more attractive option for many voters.

Early voting is available Nov. 26 through Dec. 3 every day except Sunday, Nov. 27. The hours are 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. In Orleans Parish, voters may cast ballots at City Hall (Room 1W24), the Algiers Courthouse, Voting Machine Warehouse (8870 Chef Menteur Hwy.) and Lake Vista Community Center (6500 Spanish Fort Blvd.).

In Jefferson Parish, voting is offered at the Joseph Yenni Building (1221 Elmwood Park Blvd.), the Charles Odom Building (5001 West Bank Expressway, Marrero), 401 Minor St., Kenner and the Grand Isle Community Center.

The U.S. Senate runoff between Republican state treasurer John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell, a Public Service Commissioner, is the marquee item on the ballot. Both men topped a field of 24 candidates in the Nov. 8 election to replace Sen. David Vitter, who is leaving the Senate next year.

Other races of note include a runoff for a seat on the Orleans Parish Criminal Court to replace Judge Frank Marullo in Section D. Appeals Court Judge Paul Bonin and prosecutor Kevin Guillory are in the Dec. 10 runoff.

Kenner voters will elect a new mayor, with Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn and Kenner City Councilman Gregory Carroll making that runoff. The race is to replace Mike Yenni, who resigned from Kenner’s mayor’s office when he was elected Jefferson Parish President earlier this year.

Slidell voters will choose between Randy Fandal and Kevin O’Neill, who made the runoff for Police Chief. Both are hoping to replace Randy Smith, who was elected St. Tammany Parish sheriff.

Plaquemines Parish voters will decide on their next parish president. Amos Cormier Jr. and Kirk Lepine are running for the seat which was held by Cormier’s father, Amos, who died in June.

There are important tax issues on the ballot in both Orleans and Jefferson parishes. In Orleans, voters will decide whether to increase property taxes for fire protection services by 2.5 mills. The city says the tax would yield an estimated $8.9 million a year to help pay settlement costs for the tens of millions of dollars in legal judgments it owes to firefighters and their pension fund. The Bureau of Governmental Research has endorsed the tax proposal.

There is also a New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board tax renewal on the ballot, asking voters to renew a property tax to support the Sewerage & Water Board’s drainage system. BGR has also endorsed that measure.

In Jefferson, voters will decide whether to renew a millage for drainage and recreation, renewals for a 1% sales tax and a Jefferson Parish school property tax. The Bureau of Governmental Research has endorsed the tax renewals in a report here.

There are also tax issues on the ballot in other parishes. For a sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s office, click here.

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