1,116 vote early in Acadia Parish
Early voting in statewide runoff elections ended Saturday with a large number of voters casting ballots.
According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, 137,501 residents voted early in the December 5 election.
Of those, 79,066 were women and 58,388 were male; 73,242 were Democrats and 47,371 were Republicans. And, 86,543 early votes were cast in person and 50,958 were cast by mail.
In Acadia Parish, 1,116 early votes were cast, representing 2.8 percent of the 40,386 registered voters.
Of those voting early in Acadia, 501, or 44.9 percent, were male and 615, or 55.1 percent, were female; 541, or 48.5 percent, were Democrats, 453, or 40.6 percent, were Republicans and 122, or 10.9 percent, were registered “other.”
A large majority of those casting early ballots were white. White voters outnumbers black voters 917 to 188, or 82.2 percent to 16.8 percent. Other-race voters numbered 11, or 1.0 percent.
A total of 508 votes, 45.5 percent, were cast in person with 608, or 44.5 percent, cast by mail.
The deadline to request an absentee-by-mail ballot is 4:30 p.m. today. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through geauxvote.com or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. (other than military and overseas voters).
A number of regional races and propositions along with a constitutional amendment are on the ballot in Acadia Parish.
Voters parishwide will decided the renewal of the 2.12-mill ad valorem (property) tax to support the Acadia Parish Heatlh Unit.
The tax is expected to generate about $886,000 annually for 10 years beginning in 2022.
In Crowley, voters will decide whether or not the city will be allowed to levy a 5 percent Hotel Occupancy Tax on hotels, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, etc.
The tax would generate an estimated $44,036 annually dedicated to the promotion of tourism, recreation and culture.
The tax would be paid only by those persons staying in hotels or such “visitor” accommodations.
In the city of Rayne, a runoff election is being held for the City Marshal’s seat.
Challenger Stacey Ancelet led balloting in the Nov. 3 election and will face incumbent Alex “Joe” LaCroix on Dec. 5.
There are also a pair of district judge runoffs in the Rayne area:
• Travis Broussard and Valeria Gotch Garrett are vying for the Division B seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Jules D. Edwards III; and
• Royal Colbert and Amanda Martin are in the race for the Division D seat vacated with the retirement of Judge Edward D. Rubin.
In the Egan area, voters will decide the renewal of a 7-mill property tax to support the Egan Drainage District.
The tax will generate approximately $72,752 annually for 10 years beginning in 2021.
In the Evangeline area, a 1.03-mill renewal will support the Acadia-
Evangeline Fire Protectin District with an estimated $58,500 for 10 years beginning in 2022.
A vote for the proposed constitutional amendment would allow a person who lives out of state to serve as a member on the state’s public college management board.
The amendment would allow up to two of the at-large members to reside out of state. The out-of-state members would still be appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate, but would also require a recommendation of the board.
The Board of Regents would not be affected. All four of the college supervisory boards supported the proposal and no one testified against the legislation during the second special session, when it was adopted.
Polls open on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Early voting in Acadiana
Jeff Davis 607
St. Landry 650
St. Martin 2,572
St. Mary 2,073