Early voting for the April 29 spring municipal elections kicks off Saturday in Acadiana where some ballots will include a judicial runoff and a number of local tax propositions.
Most of the tax propositions appearing on the ballots in the region are renewals to support public buildings and infrastructure. But the Lafayette Parish School Board is asking for voter approval on a new 10-year, half-cent sales tax to fund nearly $200 million in projects for the school district.
The projects are all aimed at creating permanent space for the thousands of students, many of whom attend classrooms in portable buildings. The list of projects includes two new elementary schools, additions to the Lafayette High School campus and expansions at nine other schools throughout the district.
A proposed tax up for a vote in April would fund the most significant school improvements in…
Among the slate of ballot items is a runoff between Candyce Perret and Susan Theall, both Republicans vying to serve the remaining term of former 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jimmy Genovese. Genovese won a seat of the state's Supreme Court last year.
The 3rd Court of Appeal includes 21 parishes and is based in Lake Charles. The runoff is for District 3, which includes Acadia, Allen, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes.
Perret got the most votes in the March primary, getting 41 percent of the votes to Theall's 37 percent in the three-candidate election.
Candyce Perret and Susan Theall will face off in an April 29 runoff election to serve the re…
Officials in the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office say turnout for the April 29 election will likely vary parish-to-parish.
"It's typically a lower turnout election. Turnout kind of depends on what's on the ballot," said Meg Casper, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office.
Early voting takes place daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April 22 — excluding Easter Sunday. Anyone wanting to cast an early ballot can do so at the Registrar of Voters Office in their parish or at other designated locations, which are listed on the Secretary of State's website.