Official: Metro area polls problem-free, quiet _lowres


Voters in the metro New Orleans area didn’t have to brave storms for most of election day Saturday, but it didn’t seem to be raining voters either in an election that didn’t feature any statewide initiatives and had only a few high-profile races.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Meg Casper said that election day had been very quiet, with no reports of any problems as of late afternoon. While she couldn’t say whether the turnout met projections of 15 percent or less, she said she had not heard of crowds.

Voters were drifting in a few at a time at Northshore Square mall in Slidell at 4 p.m. to cast ballots for St. Tammany Parish coroner — one of only two parishwide ballot items in the entire metro area — and for Slidell City Council.

Four candidates are running for the two at-large seats. Landon Cusimano, Kim Harbison, Lionel Hicks and Brad Rummel. Five of the seven district seats are also being contested. The candidates are: District A, Jonathan Johnson and Glynn Pichon; District C, Buddy Lloyd and Warren Crockett; District D, Kristie Fraught, Susie Morris and Val Vanney; District E, Sam Caruso, Pete O’Connell and Keith Sehon; and District F, Jay Newcomb and Irma Russell.

At the mall, Precinct Captain Shanda Bennett said voters had been trickling in all day.

Barbara Simmers, who came to vote in the coroner election, said she normally arrives later on election days to avoid standing in line, but that doesn’t seem to have been an issue Saturday. One poll worker said that it was so slow that morning that they had wondered if they would need a second page for signatures.

Elsewhere in St. Tammany, Abita Springs voters were deciding on whether to renew a 5-mill tax for streets, and residents of St. Tammany Recreation District No. 1 in the Mandeville area faced a 3.5-mill renewal.

In Kenner, incumbent Mike Yenni was seeking and second term facing two challengers Walter Bennetti and Al Morella. St. Bernard voters were among the few to have a parishwide election, for a one-year, 30-mill tax for St. Bernard Parish Hospital.

In St. Charles, three candidates were going after the open at-large Division B seat on the Parish Council: Julia Fisher-Perrier, Stanley Hebert and Jarvis Lewis.

Voters can find their precinct by going to the Louisiana Secretary of State website.