Early voting for the Oct. 14 election begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Choosing the next state treasurer and deciding three constitutional amendments are on the ballots for the 2.97 million registered voters in all 64 parishes. Filling one of the five seats on the Louisiana Public Service Commission will be the question for 610,413 registered voters in all or part of 13 parishes including south Baton Rouge, Acadiana and the bayou communities, including Houma and Morgan City.
Early voting is from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, then Monday through Saturday, Oct. 7.
Unlike Election Day when hundreds of polls are open statewide, only a handful locations, mostly Registrars of Voters' offices, will collect early ballots.
Addresses for early voting locations can be found at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting
Voters are asked to present a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit.
Six candidates are vying to replace longtime treasurer John Kennedy, who became a U.S. Senator in January. The three major Republicans are former Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis, of Baton Rouge; former state Rep. John Schroder, of Covington; and state Sen. Neil Riser, of Columbia. New Orleans attorney Derrick Edwards is the sole Democrat in the race. Libertarian candidate Joseph D. Little is a mail carrier in Ponchatoula. Republican businessman Terry Hughes, of Lafayette, is making his second bid for public office.
The state treasurer acts as Louisiana’s banker, pooling the money that comes in from taxes and fees, then writing the checks that pay the state’s bills.
A Nov. 18 runoff is scheduled between the top two vote-getters if no one candidate wins a majority.
The first constitutional amendment would exempt property taxes until construction is completed and used for its intended purpose. The second would exempt the surviving spouses of first responders who died while on duty from property taxes on the home of the deceased. And the third asks voters to decide if the proceeds from any future hike in the state gas tax should go into a fund dedicated to nothing but construction of road and bridge projects.
Three Republicans are seeking to fill out the rest of the term of Scott Angelle, who left the PSC to join the Trump administration. They are Interim PSC Commissioner Damon Baldone; former state Rep. Lenar Whitney, both are from Houma; and Baton Rouge surgeon Craig Greene, making his first run for public office. The PSC regulates utilities, telecommunications and trucking.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, voters are selecting a city judge and a member of the school board.
In parts of Iberville, Ascension and St. James parishes, 25,810 voters in the predominantly African-American Louisiana House District 58 are choosing a state representative among four Democrats. The race is to fill the remaining two years of Ed Price’s term. He was elected in the spring to the state Senate.
Voters in Iberville, West Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee parishes are selecting a judge for the 18th Judicial District Court.
Gonzales is asking voters for a half-cent sales tax to improve fire and police protection and a new building for use during disasters.