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Election 2012: What’s on the ballot

By Nola.com
October 31, 2012

Louisianians who didn’t take advantage of the early voting period will go the polls Tuesday to consider a hefty ballot topped by the presidential candidates, congressional races, nine state constitutional amendments and a host of regional and local races and issues.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

GET YOUR PERSONALIZED BALLOT

To get a sneak peak, the secretary of state’s website has a widget that allows you to plug in your address and get an individualized ballot that can be viewed online or printed out.

CROWDED PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Most folks are familiar with the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are facing a challenge from Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

But Louisiana voters also will have some other choices in the presidential race: the Green Party ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala; the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and James P. Gray; Constitution Party candidates Virgil Goode and James Clymer; the Justice Party ticket of Ross Anderson and Luis Rodriguez; Jack Fellure and Toby Davis of the Prohibition Party; Peta Lindsay and Yari Osorio, running on the Socialism and Liberation ticket; Socialist Equality candidates Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer; the Socialist Workers Party ticket of James Harris and Alyson Kennedy; and Sheila Tittle and Matthew Turner, running under the We The People banner.

CONGRESSIONAL RACES

Every ballot also will include a list of proposed amendments to the state’s

All six of the state’s congressional seats also are up for grabs. This is the first election under new lines drawn in keeping with the 2010 Census numbers that reduced the state’s U.S. House delegation to six members, down from seven. That the 1st Congressional District, now represented by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, now includes St. Tammany Parish and the southern portions of Tangipahoa, parts of East Jefferson and a bigger slice of New Orleans, and all or most of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. The 2nd Congressional District of incumbent Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, now snakes along the Mississippi River toward Baton Rouge, taking in parts of 10 parishes. And the 6th Congressional District of Rep. Bill Cassidy, R, Baton Rouge, now includes sections of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

All voters also will have a chance to weigh in on nine proposed changes to the state’s Constitution on a range of issues from a measure to prohibit the Legislature or governor from taking money from the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly to an amendment to require that any laws restricting the right to keep and bear arms be subject to the highest level of judicial review.

The Public Affairs Research Council in Baton Rouge has a thorough and insightful review of the amendments. The Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans looks at examines three of proposed constitutional amendments as well as two propositions that pertain to multiple parishes in the New Orleans area, a proposed change to the City of New Orleans charter and two local tax propositions.

Voters in all parishes of the New Orleans area except for Jefferson will be voting on a proposition to set term limits for school boards. Jefferson Parish already has term limits for school board members.

Stay with nola.com for election news and live coverage Tuesday.

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