If it’s Saturday in Louisiana, there must be an election somewhere. That’s the way it sometimes feels, anyway.
Convincing voters to show up when just a handful of contests are on the ballot is a tall order, and this past Saturday’s special election in Orleans Parish was a case in point. Turnout to elect a new state representative and two judges, one for Civil District Court and one for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, was just over 13 percent.
The judgeships went to two very familiar names in the city. Ellen Hazeur, a onetime City Council member who has served as First City Court clerk since 2000, easily won the civil court seat, and Dale Atkins, clerk of Civil District Court since 1989, took the appeals court seat by a similar landslide.
Ironically, their victories will pave the way for still more special elections to fill the two clerkships. Turnout is likely to be equally light, even though the jobs will probably attract plenty of candidates, in part because they each control still more jobs.
One takeaway from the latest turn in this seemingly endless cycle, not exactly an original thought, is that Louisiana has too many elections.
Another, also not terribly original, is that maybe the city also has too many courts.